curare

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noun cu·ra·re \kyu̇-ˈrär-ē, ku̇-\
variants: or less commonly

curari

Definition of curare

  1. 1 :  a complex poison of South American Indians used on arrow tips that causes muscle relaxation and paralysis, includes various substances of plant and animal origin, and typically contains an alkaloid extracted from one of two South American vines (Strychnos toxifera of the family Loganiaceae or Chondodendron tomentosum of the family Menispermaceae) as the primary active ingredient

  2. 2 :  an extract containing one of the primary alkaloid constituents (such as tubocurarine) of curare

Origin and Etymology of curare

Portuguese & Spanish curare, from Carib kurari


First Known Use: 1777


Medical Dictionary

curare

noun cu·ra·re
variants: also

curari

\k(y)u̇-ˈrär-ē\play

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


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