from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An alkaloid that is the active component of curare.
- n. The chloride of this alkaloid, C38H44Cl2N2O6, used as a muscle relaxant.
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- n. A benzylisoquinoline alkaloid, obtained from curare and sometimes used to paralyse patients undergoing anaesthesia.
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- n. a toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles
Latin tubus, tube (from the practice of shipping it in bamboo tubes) + curarine (curare + -ine2).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)