Lycopene meaning

lī'kə-pēn'
A red carotenoid pigment, C40 H56 , found chiefly in blood, the reproductive organs, tomatoes, and palm oils.
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A red, crystalline, carotenoid pigment, C40H56, that acts as an antioxidant: found in tomatoes, carrots, etc.
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A red carotenoid pigment, C40 H56 , found in plants such as tomatoes, watermelons, and papayas, and present in the blood and certain tissues of animals. It is used as a food coloring.
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A red carotenoid found chiefly in blood, the reproductive organs, tomatoes, and palm oils. It is an antioxidant and is the parent substance from which all natural carotenoids are derived. Chemical formula: C40H56.
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(organic chemistry) A red carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes, other red vegetables, and in animal tissue; there is some evidence that it may lower the risk of prostate cancer.
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Origin of lycopene

  • Alteration of earlier lycopin New Latin Lycop(ersicon) tomato genus (Greek lukos wolf wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots) (Greek persikon peach) (from persikē peach tree peach1) –in
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition