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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


gossypol acetic acid  listen  (GAH-sih-pole uh-SEE-tik A-sid)

  A substance being studied in the treatment of several types of cancer. It is a form of a chemical taken from the seed of the cotton plant (Gossypium). It blocks the growth of cells and may kill cancer cells. Gossypol acetic acid may also act as a male contraceptive (form of birth control).