- 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
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- the aldehyde form of the polyene retinol (vitamin A) that associates with the protein opsin to form the visual purple pigment rhodopsin
C20: from retina + -ene
Word Origin and History for retinene
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Either of two yellow to red retinal pigments, formed by oxidation of vitamin A alcohols.