[ gos-uh-pawl, -pol ]
/ ˈgɒs əˌpɔl, -ˌpɒl /
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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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British Dictionary definitions for gossypol
/ (ˈɡɒsɪˌpɒl) /
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
[ gŏs′ə-pôl′, -pōl′ ]
A toxic pigment obtained from cottonseed oil and detoxified by heating, shown to inhibit sperm production.
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