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- n. A natural carotenoid dicarboxylic acid that is found in the crocus flower.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dyestuff, obtained from the Chinese crocin, which produces a brilliant yellow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In chem.: Crocin.
- n. A doubtful derivative from crocin.
- n. An amorphous red product, C34H46O11, obtained by heating crocin, the coloring matter of saffron (Crocus sativus), with dilute mineral acids.
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In a similar vein, they examined a number of natural carotenoids with fewer carbons, such as crocetin and bixin, and demonstrated that these molecules are breakdown products from plants with larger forty carbon carotenoids.
The discovery in the late twenties that crocetin, which falls within the sub-group of polyenes called carotenoids, contains such bonds had piqued Kuhn's interest in this family of polyenes.