chaulmoogra oil

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chaul·moo·gra oil

(chawl-mū'gră oyl),
The fixed oil expressed from seeds of Taraktogenos kurzii and Hydnocarpus wightiana (family Flacourtiaceae); formerly used to treat leprosy.

hydnocarpus oil

An obsolete therapy for leprosy.

chaulmoogra oil

, chaulmugra oil, chaulmaugra oil
A vegetable oil used to treat leprosy and some dermatoses. Although generally replaced by sulfones in treatment of leprosy, chaulmoogra oil is still used in areas where leprosy is endemic because of its availability and low cost.
See also: oil