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[lahy-kuh-peen] /ˈlaɪ kəˌpin/
noun, Biochemistry
a red crystalline substance, C 40 H 56 , that is the main pigment of certain fruits, as the tomato and paprika, and is a precursor to carotene in plant biosynthesis.
1925-30; earlier lycop(in) (< New Latin Lycop(ersicon) tomato genus (< Greek lýk(os) wolf + -o- -o- + Persikón peach1) + -in2) + -ene Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lycopene


an acyclic carotenoid occuring in tomatoes and some other ripe fruit as a red pigment. As an antioxidant its consumption can reduce the risk of some cancers
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lycopene in Medicine

lycopene ly·co·pene (lī'kə-pēn')
The red pigment of the tomato that is considered chemically to be the parent substance from which all natural carotenoid pigments are derived.

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lycopene in Science
A red carotenoid found chiefly in blood, the reproductive organs, tomatoes, and palm oils. It is an antioxidant and is the parent substance from which all natural carotenoids are derived. Chemical formula: C40H56.
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Encyclopedia Article for lycopene

an organic compound belonging to the isoprenoid series and responsible for the red colour of the tomato, the hips and haws of the wild rose, and many other fruits. Lycopene is an isomer of the carotenes, the yellow colouring matter, both having the same molecular formula, C40H56, but differing in structure. Lycopene was isolated from the black bryony (Tamus communis), a European yam, in 1873, and from tomatoes in 1875.

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