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A red carotenoid pigment, C40H56, found in plants such as tomatoes, watermelons, and papayas, and present in the blood and certain tissues of animals. It is used as a food coloring.

[Alteration of earlier lycopin : New Latin Lycop(ersicon), tomato genus (Greek lukos, wolf; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots + Greek persikon, peach, from persikē, peach tree; see peach1) + -in.]


(Biochemistry) an acyclic carotenoid occuring in tomatoes and some other ripe fruit as a red pigment. As an antioxidant its consumption can reduce the risk of some cancers


(ˈlaɪ kəˌpin)

a carotenoid red pigment that is abundant in various ripe fruits, as the tomato.
[1925–30; earlier lycopin < New Latin Lycop(ersicon) tomato genus]
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Noun1.lycopene - carotenoid that makes tomatoes red; may lower the risk of prostate cancer
carotenoid - any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals


n. licopina, pigmento vegetal muy abundante en tomates y zanahorias.
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