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orange fat-soluble pigments found in some plants, such as carrots; vitamin A
Not to be confused with:
keratin – a substance found in the dead outer skin and in horn, hoofs, nails, claws, etc.
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car·o·tene(kăr′ə-tēn′) also car·o·tin (-tĭn)
An orange-yellow to red crystalline pigment, C40H56, found in animal tissue and certain plants, such as carrots and squash. It exists in several isomeric forms and is converted to vitamin A in the liver.
[German Karotin, from Latin carōta, carrot; see carrot.]
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(Biochemistry) any of four orange-red isomers of an unsaturated hydrocarbon present in many plants (β-carotene is the orange pigment of carrots) and converted to vitamin A in the liver. Formula: C40H56
[C19 carotin, from Latin carōta carrot; see -ene]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
any of three yellow or orange fat-soluble pigments having the formula C40H56, found in many plants, esp. carrots, and transformed into vitamin A in the liver; provitamin A.
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An organic compound that occurs as an orange-yellow to red pigment in many plants and in animal tissue. In animals, it is converted to vitamin A by the liver. Carotenes give plants such as carrots, pumpkins, and dandelions their characteristic color.
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|Noun||1.||carotene - an orange isomer of an unsaturated hydrocarbon found in many plants; is converted into vitamin A in the liver|
beta-carotene - an isomer of carotene that is found in dark green and dark yellow fruits and vegetables
provitamin - vitamin precursor; a substance that is converted into a vitamin in animal tissues
|2.||carotene - yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants|
carotenoid - any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals
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carotene[ˈkærətiːn] N → caroteno m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
n → Karotin nt
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n. caroteno, pigmento amarillo rojizo presente en vegetales que se convierte en vitamina A en el cuerpo.
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