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ˈkær əˌtin; -tɪncarotene

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. provitamin A, carotene, carotinnoun

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

  2. carotenenoun

    yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants


  1. carotenenoun

    A class of tetraterpene plant pigments; they vary in colour from yellow, through orange to red, this colour originating in a chain of alternating single and double bonds.

  2. carotenenoun

    Specifically, a number of isomers of tetraterpene hydrocarbons, CH, (especially beta-carotene), present in carrots etc, which are converted into vitamin A in the liver.


  1. Carotene

    The term carotene is used for several related unsaturated hydrocarbon substances having the formula C40Hx, which are synthesized by plants but cannot be made by animals. Carotene is an orange photosynthetic pigment important for photosynthesis. Carotenes are all coloured to the human eye. They are responsible for the orange colour of the carrot, for which this class of chemicals is named, and for the colours of many other fruits and vegetables. Carotenes are also responsible for the orange colours in dry foliage. They also impart the yellow coloration to milk-fat and butter. Omnivorous animal species which are relatively poor converters of coloured dietary carotenoids to colourless retinoids have yellowed-coloured body fat, as a result of the carotenoid retention from the vegetable portion of their diet. The typical yellow-coloured fat of humans and chickens is a result of fat storage of carotenes from their diets. Carotenes contribute to photosynthesis by transmitting the light energy they absorb from chlorophyll. They also protect plant tissues by helping to absorb the energy from singlet oxygen, an excited form of the oxygen molecule O2 which is formed during photosynthesis.

Editors Contribution

  1. carotene

    A type of pigment and matter existing in a variety of colors and forms.

    Carotene is found in some animals, plants, fruits and vegetables.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 4, 2017  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carotene in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carotene in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  1. Whitney English:

    The not-so-secret healthy ingredient here is sweet potatoes! Instead of refined flour, sugar and butter, these chewy brownies use whole food ingredients like beta-carotene packed sweet potatoes and fiber-rich flaxseeds to create a nutritious, delicious, chocolatey dessert.

  2. Jim White:

    Beta-carotene has been proven to improve a person’s skin and decrease wrinkles, it’s also converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy vision. 1 cup of pumpkin contains 200 percent more vitamin A than the RDI (recommended dietary intake).

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