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curare

noun cu·ra·re \kyu̇-ˈrär-ē, ku̇-\

Definition of curare

  1. :  a dried aqueous extract especially of a vine (as Strychnos toxifera of the family Loganiaceae or Chondodendron tomentosum of the family Menispermaceae) used by South American Indians to poison arrow tips and in medicine to produce muscular relaxation



Variants of curare

also cu·ra·ri play \kyu̇-ˈrär-ē, ku̇-\

Origin of curare

Portuguese & Spanish curare, from Carib kurari


First Known Use: 1777

Rhymes with curare


Medical Dictionary

curare

noun cu·ra·re

Medical Definition of curare

  1. :  a dried aqueous extract especially of a vine (as Strychnos toxifera of the family Loganiaceae or Chondodendron tomentosum of the family Menispermaceae) that produces muscle relaxation and is used in arrow poisons by South American Indians—compare tubocurarine



Variants of curare

also cu·ra·ri \k(y)u̇-ˈrär-ē\play

Learn More about curare

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "curare" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "curare"


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