meaning of carotene

carotene meaning in Etymology Dictionary

hydrocarbon found in carrots along with other flowers, 1861, from German carotin, coined 1831 by German chemist H.W.F. Wackenroder (1789-1854) from Latin carota "carrot" (see carrot) + German type of substance suffix -ine (2), denoting a hydrocarbon.

carotene meaning in General Dictionary

an orange isomer of an unsaturated hydrocarbon within many plants; is changed into vitamin A in the liver

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  • yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants