curare

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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

less commonly

curari

Origin and Etymology of curare

Portuguese & Spanish curare, from Carib kurari


First Known Use: 1777


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

curari

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