Xanthophyll Definition

zănthə-fĭl
noun
A yellow, crystalline pigment, C40H56O2, found in plants; lutein: it is related to carotene and is the basis of the yellow seen in autumn leaves.
Webster's New World

(organic chemistry, countable) Any of various hydroxy, carbonyl or carboxylic acid derivatives of carotenes.

Wiktionary

(organic chemistry, uncountable) Alternative name for lutein.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
luteinxanthophyl

Other Word Forms of Xanthophyll

Noun

Singular:
xanthophyll
Plural:
xanthophylls

Origin of Xanthophyll

  • From xantho- (from Ancient Greek ξανθός (xanthos, “yellow")) + -phyll (from φύλλος (phyllos, “leaf")).

    From Wiktionary

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