any of a group of red and yellow pigments, chemically similar to carotene, contained in animal fat and some plants.
similar to carotene.
pertaining to carotenoids.
any of a group of red or yellow pigments, including carotenes, found in plants and certain animal tissues
of or resembling carotene or a carotenoid

1913, from German carotinoïde (1911), from carotin (see carotene) + -oid.

carotenoid ca·rot·e·noid (kə-rŏt’n-oid’)
Any of a class of yellow to red pigments, including the carotenes and the xanthophylls. adj.
Of, relating to, or characterizing such a pigment.
Any of a class of yellow to red pigments found especially in plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria. Carotenoids generally consist of conjoined units of the hydrocarbon isoprene, with alternating single and double bonds. The carotenoids absorb light energy of certain frequencies and transfer it to chlorophyll for use in photosynthesis. They also act as antioxidants for chlorophyll, protecting it from damage by oxidation in the presence of sunlight. Carotenoids are nutritionally important for many animals, giving flamingoes their color, for example, and also have antioxidant properties. There are many types of carotenoids, including carotenes and xanthophylls. See more at photosynthesis.


Read Also:

  • Carotenosis cutis

    carotenosis cutis carotenosis cutis car·o·te·no·sis cu·tis (kār’ətən-ō’sĭs kyōō’tĭs) n. A yellow or golden coloration of the skin caused by an excessive intake of carotene. Also called aurantiasis cutis.

  • Carothers

    Wallace Hume, 1896–1937, U.S. chemist: associated with the invention of synthetic nylon material. Contemporary Examples Yet, says Carothers, “his view was not driving U.S. policy towards Egypt.” Obama and the State Department’s Challenge in Egypt Tara McKelvey May 26, 2012 Carothers (kə-rŭ’ərz) American chemist who developed the synthetic material nylon, which was patented in 1937.

  • Caroticotympanic

    caroticotympanic caroticotympanic ca·rot·i·co·tym·pan·ic (kə-rŏt’ĭ-kō-tĭm-pān’ĭk) adj. Of, relating to, or involving the carotid canal and the tympanum.

  • Carotid

    Also called carotid artery. either of the two large arteries, one on each side of the head, that carry blood to the head and that divide into an external branch supplying the neck, face, and other external parts, and an internal branch supplying the brain, eye, and other internal parts. pertaining to a carotid artery. […]

Disclaimer: Carotenoid definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.