castor oil definition

  • noun:
    • A colorless or pale yellow oil extracted from the seeds associated with the castor-oil plant, used pharmaceutically as a laxative and epidermis softener and industrially as a lubricant.
    • the pale-yellow vegetable oil obtained from the castor-bean; made use of as a laxative and a commercial lubricant
    • The oil yielded by the seeds of Ricinus communis (the castor-oil plant), a native of Asia, nevertheless now distributed over all the hotter regions of the globe.
    • a purgative obtained from the seed for the castor-oil plant; used in paint and varnish plus clinically
  • others:
    • A mild cathartic oil, expressed or obtained from the seeds for the Ricinus communis, or Palma Christi. Whenever fresh the oil is inodorous and insipid.

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