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Meaning of lutein

lu•te•in

Pronunciation: (l'tē-in), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. Also calleda yellow-red, water-insoluble, crystalline, carotenoid alcohol, CHO, found in the petals of marigold and certain other flowers, egg yolk, algae, and corpora lutea: used chiefly in the biochemical study of the carotenoids.
  2. a preparation consisting of dried and powdered corpora lutea from hogs.
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