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lycopene

[ lahy-kuh-peen ]
/ ˈlaɪ kəˌpin /
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noun Biochemistry.
a red crystalline substance, C40H56, that is the main pigment of certain fruits, as the tomato and paprika, and is a precursor to carotene in plant biosynthesis.
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Origin of lycopene

1925–30; earlier lycop(in) (<New Latin Lycop(ersicon) tomato genus (<Greek lýk(os) wolf + -o--o- + Persikónpeach1) + -in2) + -ene
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British Dictionary definitions for lycopene

Lycopene
/ (ˈlaɪkəˌpiːn) /

noun
an acyclic carotenoid occuring in tomatoes and some other ripe fruit as a red pigment. As an antioxidant its consumption can reduce the risk of some cancers
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Medical definitions for lycopene

lycopene
[ līkə-pēn′ ]

n.
A red pigment found in blood, the reproductive organs, tomatoes, and palm oils and considered chemically to be the parent substance from which all natural carotenoid pigments are derived.
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Scientific definitions for lycopene

lycopene
[ līkə-pēn′ ]

A red carotenoid found chiefly in blood, the reproductive organs, tomatoes, and palm oils. It is an antioxidant and is the parent substance from which all natural carotenoids are derived. Chemical formula: C40H56.
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