Definition of carotene in English:


Line breaks: caro|tene
Pronunciation: /ˈkarətiːn


[mass noun] Chemistry
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.
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  • 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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