Definition of carotene in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkerəˌtēn/


An orange or red plant pigment found in carrots and many other plant structures. It is a terpenoid hydrocarbon with several isomers, of which one ( beta carotene) is important in the diet as a precursor of vitamin A.
Example sentences
  • In most cases, early spring grass will contain fairly high levels of carotene (precursor to vitamin A) and will adequately meet the cow's requirement.
  • The best defense then, is to provide a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to gain as many nutrients as possible, while frequently offering those foods known to be high in carotene or vitamin A.
  • Laboratory tests only showed low carotene and vitamin A, indicating malabsorption.


Mid 19th century: coined in German from Latin carota (see carrot).

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Syllabification: car·o·tene

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