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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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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.
33) The Bibanga camp depicted in Song After Sorrow thus falls within the category of what Vaughan calls a "colony within a colony," in which sufferers of Hansen's disease are treated by Kellersberger with Chaulmoogra oil, learn the practical skills necessary to construct their own village segregated from outside "tribal" communities, and imbibe a heavy dose of Christian moralizing from both white missionaries and "native ministers.