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lycopene Line breaks: lyco|pene
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪkə(ʊ)piːn/

Definition of lycopene in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A red carotenoid pigment present in tomatoes and many berries and fruits.
Example sentences
  • Tomatoes provide two valuable phytochemicals: the carotenoid lycopene and the flavonoid quercetin.
  • Companies don't usually test for phytochemicals like lutein or lycopene because they're not yet considered nutrients.
  • Another carotenoid with potential is lycopene, which is present in tomatoes.


1930s: from the variant lycopin (from modern Latin Lycopersicon, a genus name including the tomato) + -ene.

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