Definitions for gossypolˈgɒs əˌpɔl, -ˌpɒl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
gos•sy•polˈgɒs əˌpɔl, -ˌpɒl(n.)
a pigment, C30H30O8, derived from cottonseed oil, that lowers sperm production and is considered a potential male contraceptive.
Origin of gossypol:
1895–1900; < NL Gossyp(ium) genus name for cotton (L gossypion (Pliny) cotton plant) +-ol1
Any of a class of toxic polyphenols found in the seeds of the cotton plant
Origin: From Gossypium, cotton
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A dimeric sesquiterpene found in cottonseed (GOSSYPIUM). The (-) isomer is active as a male contraceptive (CONTRACEPTIVE AGENTS, MALE) whereas toxic symptoms are associated with the (+) isomer.