carotene(noun)A class of tetraterpene plant pigments; they vary in colour from yellow, through orange to red, this colour originating in a chain of alternating single and double bonds.
carotene(noun)Specifically, a number of isomers of tetraterpene hydrocarbons, CH, (especially beta-carotene), present in carrots etc, which are converted into vitamin A in the liver.
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