carotene carotene  /ˈkɛ rə ˌtin/


  1. (n) an orange isomer of an unsaturated hydrocarbon found in many plants; is converted into vitamin A in the liver
  2. (n) yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants



  1. Studies in the 1980s showed that people who consume a lot of beta-carotene-rich foods have a marked decrease in their risk of cancer.
  2. Beta carotene may prove powerful in combatting cancer as well.
  3. In particular, they focused on beta carotene, the most abundant and common carotenoid, as the most likely to prevent cancer.


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