[gos-uh-pawl, -pol]


a toxic pigment, C30H30O8, derived from cottonseed oil, made nontoxic by heating, presently under study as a potential male contraceptive and antimicrobial.

Origin of gossypol

1895–1900; < New Latin Gossyp(ium) (see gossypose) + -ol1
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British Dictionary definitions for gossypol



a toxic crystalline pigment that is a constituent of cottonseed oil

Word Origin for gossypol

C19: from Modern Latin gossypium cotton plant + -ol 1
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gossypol in Medicine


[gŏsə-pôl′, -pōl′]


A toxic pigment obtained from cottonseed oil and detoxified by heating, shown to inhibit sperm production.
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