Definitions for gossypolˈgɒs əˌpɔl, -ˌpɒl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gos•sy•polˈgɒs əˌpɔl, -ˌpɒl(n.)

  1. a pigment, C30H30O8, derived from cottonseed oil, that lowers sperm production and is considered a potential male contraceptive.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of gossypol:

1895–1900; < NL Gossyp(ium) genus name for cotton (L gossypion (Pliny) cotton plant) +-ol1


  1. gossypol(Noun)

    Any of a class of toxic polyphenols found in the seeds of the cotton plant

  2. Origin: From Gossypium, cotton


  1. Gossypol

    Gossypol is a natural phenol derived from the cotton plant. Gossypol is a phenolic aldehyde that permeates cells and acts as an inhibitor for several dehydrogenase enzymes. It is a yellow pigment. Among other things, it has been tested as a male oral contraceptive in China. In addition to its contraceptive properties, gossypol has also long been known to possess antimalarial properties. Other researchers are investigating the anticancer properties of gossypol.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Gossypol

    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.


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