One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toxic crystalline compound present in cotton-seed oil.
A polycyclic phenol; chemical formula: C₃₀H₃₀O₈
- ‘While gossypol is found in cottonseed, there are limited methods for extracting large quantities of it.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘Conversely, research evidence indicates that some of the gossypol that is bound may be released as free gossypol during digestion, which can be absorbed by the digestive tract.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Gossypium (genus name), from Latin gossypinum, -pion ‘cotton plant’ (of unknown origin) + -ol.
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