antioxidant

Definitions of antioxidant
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n substance that inhibits oxidation or inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides

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glutathione peroxidase
an enzyme in the body that is a powerful scavenger of free radicals
Se, atomic number 34, selenium
a toxic nonmetallic element related to sulfur and tellurium; occurs in several allotropic forms; a stable grey metallike allotrope conducts electricity better in the light than in the dark and is used in photocells; occurs in sulfide ores (as pyrite)
carotenoid
any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals
rust inhibitor
antioxidant that inhibits the formation of rust
beta-naphthol
an isomer of naphthol used in rubber as an antioxidant
E, tocopherol, vitamin E
a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for normal reproduction; an important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body
C, ascorbic acid, vitamin C
a vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables; prevents scurvy
alpha-tocopheral
a potent form of vitamin E obtained from germ oils or by synthesis
carotene
yellow or orange-red fat-soluble pigments in plants
lycopene
carotenoid that makes tomatoes red; may lower the risk of prostate cancer
beta-carotene
an isomer of carotene that is found in dark green and dark yellow fruits and vegetables
lutein, xanthophyl, xanthophyll
yellow carotenoid pigments in plants and animal fats and egg yolks
zeaxanthin
yellow carotenoid (isomeric with lutein and occurs widely with it) that is the main pigment in yellow Indian corn
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inhibitor
a substance that retards or stops an activity

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