zeaxanthin

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ze·a·xan·thin

 (zē′ə-zăn′thēn′, -thĭn)
n.
A yellow xanthophyll carotenoid, C40H56O2, 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.

[New Latin Zēa, genus name of corn (from which zeaxanthin was first isolated); see zein + xanth(o)- + -in.]
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Noun1.zeaxanthin - yellow carotenoid (isomeric with lutein and occurs widely with it) that is the main pigment in yellow Indian corn
carotenoid - any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals
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