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[loo-tee-in] /ˈlu ti ɪn/
noun, Biochemistry.
Also called xanthophyll. a yellow-red, water-insoluble, crystalline, carotenoid alcohol, C 40 H 56 O 2 , found in the petals of marigold and certain other flowers, egg yolk, algae, and corpora lutea: used chiefly in the biochemical study of the carotenoids.
a preparation consisting of dried and powdered corpora lutea from hogs.
Origin of lutein
1865-70; < Latin lūte(um) yolk of an egg (noun use of neuter of lūteus yellow; see luteous) + -in2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lutein


a xanthophyll pigment, occurring in plants, that has a light-absorbing function in photosynthesis
Word Origin
C20: from Latin lūteus yellow + -in
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lutein in Medicine

lutein lu·te·in (lōō'tē-ĭn, -tēn')

  1. A yellow carotenoid pigment found widely in nature; xanthophyll.

  2. A dried preparation of corpus luteum.

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