lycopene

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From lycopin

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lycopene (countable and uncountable, plural lycopenes)

  1. (organic chemistry) A red carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes, other red vegetables, and in animal tissue; there is some evidence that it may lower the risk of prostate cancer.
    • 2007 November, Elizabeth Drake, “Combine and conquer: Use these winning food pairings to protect your health”, in Men's Health, volume 22, number 9, ISSN 1054-4836, page 126:
      And eating avocado with salsa boosted the absorption of lycopene—a carotenoid in tomatoes—by almost five times.

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