gos·​sy·​pol | \ ˈgä-sə-ˌpȯl How to pronounce gossypol (audio) , -ˌpōl \

Definition of gossypol

: a toxic phenolic pigment C30H30O8 in cottonseed

Examples of gossypol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But because of the gossypol, cottonseed itself hasn’t been a source of human food. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Apparently, it tastes like hummus.," 19 Oct. 2018 Coutinho’s research into gossypol, which spanned more than three decades, was dismissed far more often than it was embraced. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "A Brief Timeline of Scientists Promising a Birth-Control Pill for Men," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gossypol

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gossypol

International Scientific Vocabulary, ultimately from Latin gossypion cotton

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“Gossypol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gossypol. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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gos·​sy·​pol | \ ˈgäs-ə-ˌpȯl How to pronounce gossypol (audio) , -ˌpōl How to pronounce gossypol (audio) \

Medical Definition of gossypol

: a phenolic pigment C30H30O8 in cottonseed that is toxic to some animals

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