Meaning of lycopene

ly•co•pene

Pronunciation: (lī'ku-pēn"), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. a red crystalline substance, CH, that is the main pigment of certain fruits, as the tomato and paprika, and is a precursor to carotene in plant biosynthesis.
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