gossypol[gäs′ə pôl, -pōl′]
a toxic, phenolic pigment, CHO, in cotton plants: it inhibits sperm production and is used experimentally as a male contraceptive
Origin of gossypolGerman ; from Modern Latin Gossypium, genus name of cotton + -ol, -ol
A toxic yellow pigment, C30H30O8, obtained from cottonseed oil and detoxified by heating, that has been experimentally shown to inhibit sperm production.
Origin of gossypolNew Latin Gossypium, genus name (from Latin gossypion, cotton plant) + –ol1.
- (organic chemistry) Any of a class of toxic polyphenols found in the seeds of the cotton plant
From Gossypium, cotton