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[gos-uh-pawl, -pol] /ˈgɒs əˌpɔl, -ˌpɒl/
a toxic pigment, C 30 H 30 O 8 , 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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gossypol
  • Remove the gossypol, however, and you'd have a cheap and abundant form of protein for everyone.
  • However, all contain gossypol, a naturally occurring toxin produced by the cotton plant.
  • Determine gossypol solubility in acetone as a function of temperature and the solute crystal form.
  • We also tested whether insect mortality and fitness costs were affected by the cotton phytochemical gossypol.
British Dictionary definitions for gossypol


a toxic crystalline pigment that is a constituent of cottonseed oil
Word Origin
C19: from Modern Latin gossypium cotton plant + -ol1
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gossypol in Medicine

gossypol gos·sy·pol (gŏs'ə-pôl', -pōl')
A toxic pigment obtained from cottonseed oil and detoxified by heating, shown to inhibit sperm production.

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