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[gos-uh-pawl, -pol] /ˈgɒs əˌpɔl, -ˌpɒl/

a toxic pigment, C 30 H 30 O 8 , derived from cottonseed oil, made nontoxic by heating, presently under study as a potential male contraceptive and antimicrobial.
a toxic crystalline pigment that is a constituent of cottonseed oil

gossypol gos·sy·pol (gŏs’ə-pôl’, -pōl’)
A toxic pigment obtained from cottonseed oil and detoxified by heating, shown to inhibit sperm production.


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