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Noun: carotene  'ker-u,teen [N. Amer], 'ka-ru,teen [Brit]
  1. An orange isomer of an unsaturated hydrocarbon found in many plants; is converted into vitamin A in the liver
    - provitamin A, carotin
     
  2. Yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants

Derived forms: carotenes

Type of: carotenoid, provitamin

Encyclopedia: Carotene