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The dried florets of Carthamus tinctorius (family Compositae).
See also: safflower oil.
Synonym(s): safflower
[Ar. qurtum, fr. qartama, paint; the plant yields a dye]


1. A thistlelike Eurasian plant (Carthamus tinctorius) in the composite family, having orange flowers that produce seeds containing an oil used for cooking and in food products, cosmetics, and paints.
2. The dried flowers of this plant, formerly used as a source of yellow and orange dyes.


Chinese medicine
A herb, the flowers of which are used topically for abscesses, bruises and burns, and internally for anginal pan, coagulation disorders, delayed menses, and as a cardiovascular tonic.


n Carthamus tinctorius; parts used: seeds, flowers; uses: antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antimy-cotic, high blood pressure, fever, constipation, cough, menstrual complaints, massage oil; precautions: uterine stimulant, pregnancy, lactation, HIV/AIDS, lupus, immunosuppression, burns, sepsis. Also called
American saffron, azafran, bastard saffron, benibana, dyer's-saffron, fake saffron, false saffron, or
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Karyotypic analysis of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.
1) than the feeder containing safflower seeds when both feeders were empty of conspecifics.
A negative response of shoot and root length of safflower to gasoline and diesel fuel mixture application relative to the non mixture control treatment was observed in all levels (p<0.
Values were contrasted with responses to safflower and olive oils, which vary in fatty acid profile.
Martek has decided it is important to have the flexibility to pursue a traditional commodity crop as well as specialty crops, like safflower, as a source of DHA-rich plant oil, citing the competitive market dynamics around DHA supply from different sources.
Cangene will be responsible for purification of clinical grade material isolated from safflower seed produced by SemBioSys' proprietary production technology.
Over the next few decades, the industry in the Valley dried up when cheaper vegetable oils and safflower oil came into vogue.
I opted for the Safflower Fruit Salt Body Scrub, which lasts for 40 minutes and promised to remove superfluous cells, boost circulation and encourage cell regeneration.
All meals were the same, except that one was high in poly-unsaturated safflower oil and the other high in saturated coconut oil.
Polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature as well as when refrigerated and include common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, sunflower and safflower.
Our team has already made substantial progress on the next development objective in this program, which is to achieve commercial levels of insulin expression in safflower, our commercial plant system.
It was a day of happy visitation with friends, all of whom were invited to bring some people food to share with one another, along with the ingredients for bird treats (jars of peanut butter, pine cones, safflower seeds, etc.