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tubocurarine

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noun tu·bo·cu·ra·rine \ˌtü-bō-kyu̇-ˈrär-ən, ˌtyü-, -ˌēn\

Definition of tubocurarine

  1. :  a toxic alkaloid or its crystalline hydrochloride salt C37H42Cl2N2O6 that is obtained chiefly from the bark and stems of a South American vine (Chondrodendron tomentosum of the family Menispermaceae) and in its dextrorotatory form constitutes the chief active constituent of curare and is used especially as a skeletal muscle relaxant



Origin of tubocurarine

International Scientific Vocabulary tubo- (from Latin tubus tube) + curare + -ine; from its being shipped in sections of hollow bamboo


First Known Use: 1898


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tubocurarine

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noun tu·bo·cu·ra·rine \ˌt(y)ü-bō-kyu̇-ˈrär-ən, -ˌēn\

Medical Definition of tubocurarine

  1. :  a toxic alkaloid that is obtained chiefly from the bark and stems of a South American vine (Chondrodendron tomentosum of the family Menispermaceae), that in its dextrorotatory form constitutes the chief active constituent of curare, and that is used in the form of its hydrated hydrochloride C37H41ClN2O6·HCl·5H2O especially as a skeletal muscle relaxant




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