Definition of gossypol in English:

gossypol

noun

Chemistry
  • A toxic crystalline compound present in cottonseed oil.

    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

gossypol

/-ˌpäl/