Carotene meaning

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An orange-yellow to red crystalline pigment, C40 H56 , found in animal tissue and certain plants, such as carrots and squash. It exists in several isomeric forms and is converted to vitamin A in the liver.
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Any of several red or orange isomeric hydrocarbons, C40H56, found in butter and in carrots and certain other vegetables, and changed into vitamin A in the liver.
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An orange-yellow to red crystalline pigment, C40 H56 , found in animal tissue and certain plants, such as carrots and squash. It exists in several isomeric forms and is converted to vitamin A in the liver.
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Any of various organic compounds that occur as orange-yellow to red pigments in many plants and in animal tissue. In plant leaves, carotenes aid in the absorption of light energy by transferring the energy to chlorophyll and act as antioxidants protecting chlorophyll from damage by oxidation. In animals, carotenes are converted to vitamin A primarily in the liver. They are members of the carotenoid family of compounds and give plants such as carrots, pumpkins, and dandelions their characteristic color. Chemical formula: C40H56.
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(organic chemistry) A class of tetraterpene plant pigments; they vary in colour from yellow, through orange to red, this colour originating in a chain of alternating single and double bonds.
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(organic chemistry) Specifically, a number of isomers of tetraterpene hydrocarbons, C40H56, (especially beta-carotene), present in carrots etc, which are converted into vitamin A in the liver.
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Origin of carotene

  • German Karotin from Latin carōta carrot carrot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From car(r)ot +‎ -ene.

    From Wiktionary