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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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Lutein is a dihydroxylated derivative of [alpha]-carotene, a chemical compound belonging to the group of xanthophylls. It is a yellow pigment found in plants, algae, photosynthetic bacteria and egg yolk.
The xanthophylls like lutein and zeaxanthin are non-provitamin A carotenoids which constitutes major proportion of the kernel carotenoids.
The purple, orange, yellow and white carrots offer nutrients such as lycopene, anthocyanins and xanthophylls.
Chromatographic analyses of xanthophylls in egg yolks from laying hens fed turf bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) meal.
In addition, lutein and zeaxanthin belong to a subgroup of carotenoids called xanthophylls, which have recently been identified as the dominant carotenoids in all major brain areas.
| AS CHICKEN FEED Marigold petals have long been used to make egg yolks more vivid, because of their high levels of xanthophylls that result in yellow pigment.
As chicken feed Marigold petals have been used as a means to make egg yolks more vivid, because of their high levels of xanthophylls that result in yellow pigment.
Effect of protein xanthophylls (PX) concentrate of alfalfa supplementation on physicochemical properties of turkey breast and thigh muscles during ageing.
Lipoproteins are the major carriers of vitamin A in circulation, with polar carotenoids (xanthophylls) primarily transported on HDL particles [4].
The macular carotenoids, or xanthophylls, lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and mesozeaxanthin (MZ) are found throughout the human retina but are particularly concentrated in and around the fovea [1].
However, CGM is considered as a very good and chief source of carotenoids, especially yellow carotenoids ([alpha]- and [beta]-carotenes) and xanthophylls [9].