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Related to Safflower seed oil: Carthamus tinctorius

car·tha·mus

(kar'tha-mŭs),
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]

safflower

(săf′lou′ər)
n.
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.

safflower

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.
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Performance and emission characteristics of a Diesel engine operating on safflower seed oil methyl ester.
This investigation was undertaken to obtain information about the chemical composition and oxidative stability of safflower seed oil of four of the potentially most useful varieties of safflowers that can be cultivated in Iran and to determine the oil composition in terms of fatty acid, tocopherol and sterol contents and to evaluate oil composition-oxidative stability relationship.
CLA in supplements is typically derived from safflower seed oil, which also contains other fatty acids.