Zeaxanthin meaning

zēə-zănthēn, -thĭn
A xanthophyll carotenoid that occurs naturally in some fruits and vegetables, is found in the retina of the eye, and is an isomer of lutein. It is being investigated as a treatment for macular degeneration.
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A yellow xanthophyll carotenoid, C40 H56 O2 , that is found in yellow corn and in the leaves of many plants, in egg yolk, and in the retina, and that may help to prevent macular degeneration.
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Origin of zeaxanthin

  • New Latin Zēa genus name of corn (from which zeaxanthin was first isolated) zein xanth(o)– –in

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