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Any of several yellow carotenoid pigments, including lutein and zeaxanthin, produced by plants and green algae and visible in the leaves of deciduous trees in the autumn. Xanthophylls are also present in some animal tissues such as egg yolks.

xan′tho·phyl′lic, xan′tho·phyl′lous adj.
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(ˈzænθəʊfɪl) or


(Elements & Compounds) any of a group of yellow carotenoid pigments occurring in plant and animal tissue
ˌxanthoˈphyllous adj
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or xan•tho•phyl

(ˈzæn θə fɪl)

a carotenoid yellow pigment of plants, algae, and other forms, often masked by the green of chlorophyll.
[1830–40; < French xanthophylle. See xantho-, -phyll]
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Noun1.xanthophyll - yellow carotenoid pigments in plants and animal fats and egg yolks
carotenoid - any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals
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Since ethoxyquin, as a preservative, is highly efficient in slowing down the oxidation of carotene, xanthophyll, and vitamin A and vitamin E in pet food products, to ensure long shelf-life, its demand is rising substantially with the augmenting need for pet food products, reflecting greatly on the overall market.
Moreover, astaxanthin, a xanthophyll carotenoid, is a nutrient with a unique molecule structure; it does not convert to vitamin A (retinol) and has no 'pro-oxidant' activity."
(2015), the dissipation of excess energy is a mechanism of release and regulation of PSII, allowing the closure of the reaction centers and preserving the cycles of xanthophyll and lutein.
(2) This indicated a favorable cognitive impact of the xanthophyll supplement.
Methanol extracts were obtained for each plant (Dominguez, 1973) to quantify and determine types of sugars following Somogyi-Nelson (Gonzalez & Penalosa, 2000), total structural sugars (Wood's technique, 1952) (Din et al., 2009), xanthophyll (official method 970.64), and carotenoids (official method 938.04) (AOAC, 2006) using HPLC.
In addition to an intense content of fatty acids that protect cardiac health, the Urfa pistachio nut has also been determined to contain many phytochemical substances such as protein, diet fibers, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, and [gamma]-tochopherol and has been determined to have the highest potassium, [gamma]-tochopherol, vitamin K, phytosterols, and xanthophyll carotenoid content of all the Pistacia species (1).