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Any of several tropical Asian trees of the genus Hydnocarpus, whose seeds contain an oil formerly used to treat skin lesions caused by leprosy and other diseases.

[Bengali cāulmugrā.]


(tʃɔːlˈmuːɡrə) or


1. (Plants) a tropical Asian tree, Taraktogenos (or Hydnocarpus) kurzii: family Flacourtiaceae
2. (Pharmacology) oil from the seed of this tree, used in treating leprosy
3. (Plants) any of several similar or related trees
[from Bengali cāulmugrā, from cāul rice + mugrā hemp]
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Noun1.chaulmoogra - East Indian tree with oily seeds yield chaulmoogra oil used to treat leprosychaulmoogra - East Indian tree with oily seeds yield chaulmoogra oil used to treat leprosy
genus Hydnocarpus, genus Taraktagenos, genus Taraktogenos, Hydnocarpus, Taraktagenos, Taraktogenos - medium to large Indonesian and Malaysian trees
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
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Leprosy in India was first described in the Susrutha Samhita written about 600 BC (Hove) and treatment with Chaulmoogra oil was known at that time.
kheda 'enclosure for catching elephants', or chaulmoogra 'East-Indian tree, Taractogenos or Hydnocarpus, the oil of which is used for treating leprosy and skin diseases'.
Several Berberis medicinal plants producing berberine are also found to synthesize an inhibitor of the Nor A MDR pump of a human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, namely 5'-methoxyhydnocarpin (5'-MHC), previously known as a minor constituent of Chaulmoogra oil, a traditional therapy for leprosy (Fig.