car·o·tene (kărə-tēn′) also car·o·tin (-tĭn)
An orange-yellow to red crystalline pigment, C40H56, found in animal tissue and certain plants, such as carrots and squash. It exists in several isomeric forms and is converted to vitamin A in the liver.
[German Karotin, from Latin carōta, carrot; see CARROT.]
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