Definition of fucoxanthin in English:


Syllabification: fu·co·xan·thin
Pronunciation: /ˌfyo͞okōˈzanTHin


A brown carotenoid pigment occurring in and generally characteristic of the brown algae.
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  • Most also contain carotenoid pigments, such as the brown pigment fucoxanthin, that give the cells a yellow, orange, or brown color.
  • Unlike the other Chromista, Xanthophyta completely lack the brown pigment fucoxanthin.
  • Researchers noted a particular compound found in wakame, a carotenoid called fucoxanthin, probably contributed to this effect.


late 19th century: from fucus + xanthin, variant of xanthine.

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