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retinal2

[ret-n-al, -awl]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. an orange pigment, C20H28O, that is the active component of rhodopsin and is liberated upon the absorption of light in the vision cycle; vitamin A aldehyde.
Also ret·i·nene [ret-n-een] /ˈrɛt nˌin/.

Origin of retinal2

First recorded in 1940–45; retin(a) + -al3
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British Dictionary definitions for retinene

retinene

retinal (ˈrɛtɪnəl)

noun
  1. the aldehyde form of the polyene retinol (vitamin A) that associates with the protein opsin to form the visual purple pigment rhodopsin

Word Origin

C20: from retina + -ene
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Word Origin and History for retinene

retinal

adj.

1838; see retina + -al (1).

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retinene in Medicine

retinene

(rĕtn-ēn′)
n.
  1. Either of two yellow to red retinal pigments, formed by oxidation of vitamin A alcohols.

retinal

(rĕtn-ăl′, -ôl′)
n.
  1. retinaldehyde