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A class of yellow to orange colorants obtain from plants, algae, and bacteria. Carotenoids colorants include Carotene, Bixin, Crocin, and Xanthophyll. They are found in egg yolks, nettles, marigolds, Annatto, and Saffron.

Synonyms and Related Terms

carotinoid; karotenoidit (Fin.); carotenoide (Esp.); carotenoide (It.); carotenóide (Port.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in fats and oils. Insoluble in water.

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • John and Margaret Cannon, Dye Plants and Dyeing, Herbert Press, London, 1994
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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