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gossypol

[ gos-uh-pawl, -pol ]
/ ˈgɒs əˌpɔl, -ˌpɒl /
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noun
a toxic pigment, C30H30O8, derived from cottonseed oil, made nontoxic by heating, presently under study as a potential male contraceptive and antimicrobial.
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Origin of gossypol

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

gossypol
/ (ˈɡɒsɪˌpɒl) /

noun
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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Medical definitions for gossypol

gossypol
[ gŏsə-pôl′, -pōl′ ]

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