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.
Webster's New World
(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.
- provitamin A
Other Word Forms of Carotene
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.
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