Definition of gossypol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒsɪpɒl/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A toxic crystalline compound present in cotton-seed oil.
  • A polycyclic phenol; chemical formula: C30H30O8.
Example sentences
  • ‘We're examining the effectiveness of gossypol from cottonseed as a preventive agent for breast and prostate cancer,’ says Lin.
  • In terms of fertility, dairy bulls maintained on a ration containing significant amounts of free gossypol from cottonseed meal appear to benefit from receiving 4,000 IU / d supplemental vitamin E.
  • While gossypol is found in cottonseed, there are limited methods for extracting large quantities of it.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Gossypium (genus name), from Latin gossypinum, -pion 'cotton plant' (of unknown origin) + -ol.

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