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A brown carotenoid pigment, C40H60O6, found in brown algae and chrysophytes.

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(Biochemistry) a carotenoid pigment that gives brown algae and diatoms their colour: functions in photosynthesis. Formula: C40H56O6 or C40H60O6
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