Lycopene vs. Carotenoid



(organic compound) 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.


(organic chemistry) Any of a class of yellow to red plant pigments including the carotenes and xanthophylls.


carotenoid that makes tomatoes red; may lower the risk of prostate cancer


(organic chemistry) Of or relating to such a class of pigments.


Lycopene (from the neo-Latin Lycopersicum, the tomato species) is a bright red carotenoid hydrocarbon found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, grapefruits, and papayas. It is not present in strawberries or cherries.


any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals


Carotenoids (), also called tetraterpenoids, are yellow, orange, and red organic pigments that are produced by plants and algae, as well as several bacteria, and fungi. Carotenoids give the characteristic color to pumpkins, carrots, corn, tomatoes, canaries, flamingos, salmon, lobster, shrimp, and daffodils.

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