the most abundant of various isomers of carotene, C40H56, that can be converted by the body to vitamin A.
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British Dictionary definitions for beta carotene
/ (ˌbiːtəˈkærəˌtiːn) /
the most important form of the plant pigment carotene, which occurs in milk, vegetables, and other foods and, when eaten by man and animals, is converted in the body to vitamin A
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Medical definitions for beta carotene
A phytonutrient that is an isomer of carotene found in dark green and yellow fruits and vegetables and that is converted to vitamin A, primarily in the liver.
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Scientific definitions for beta carotene
[ bā′tə-kăr′ə-tēn′ ]
A phytochemical that is an isomer of carotene found in dark green and yellow fruits and vegetables and that is converted to vitamin A, primarily in the liver. See more at carotene.
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