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 (ăn′thō-sī′ə-nĭn) also an·tho·cy·an (-sī′ən, -ăn′)
Any of various flavonoid glycoside pigments that impart red, purple, and blue colors to plant parts and are found in berries and other fruits, red wine, and certain vegetables.

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(ˌænθəʊˈsaɪənɪn) or


(Biochemistry) any of a class of water-soluble glycosidic pigments, esp those responsible for the red and blue colours in flowers. They are closely related to vitamins E and P
[C19: from antho- + -cyanin, from Greek kuanos dark blue]
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(ˌæn θəˈsaɪ ə nɪn)

also an•tho•cy•an

(-ˈsaɪ ən)

any of a class of water-soluble pigments that give flowers the colors ranging from red to blue.
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Anthocyanins (ACNs) are one of the most important pigments of vascular plants and are responsible for the shiny orange, pink, red, violet, and blue colours in the flowers and fruits.
The attractive red color of plums is associated with the presence of anthocyanins. Many studies demonstrated that anthocyanins have potential health benefits for humans as they possess anticarcinogenic properties [2], prevent cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis [3], have antidiabetic properties [4], and protect against Alzheimer's disease [5].
Carotenoids and anthocyanins are among the main components of the acai fruit [2-4].
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