Gossypol meaning

gŏsə-pôl, -pōl, -pŏl
A toxic yellow pigment, C30 H30 O8 , obtained from cottonseed oil and detoxified by heating, that has been experimentally shown to inhibit sperm production.
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A toxic, phenolic pigment, C30H30O8, in cotton plants: it inhibits sperm production and is used experimentally as a male contraceptive.
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(organic chemistry) Any of a class of toxic polyphenols found in the seeds of the cotton plant.
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Origin of gossypol

  • New Latin Gossypium genus name (from Latin gossypion cotton plant) –ol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary