tubocurarine

noun
tu·​bo·​cu·​ra·​rine | \ ˌtü-bō-kyu̇-ˈrär-ən How to pronounce tubocurarine (audio) , ˌtyü-, -ˌēn \

Definition of tubocurarine

: a toxic alkaloid 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 has been used in the form of its hydrated hydrochloride C37H41ClN2O6·HCl·5H20 as a relaxant of skeletal muscle especially as an adjunct to anesthesia in surgery

First Known Use of tubocurarine

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tubocurarine

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

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“Tubocurarine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubocurarine. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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tubocurarine

noun
tu·​bo·​cu·​ra·​rine | \ ˌt(y)ü-bō-kyu̇-ˈrär-ən, -ˌēn How to pronounce tubocurarine (audio) \

Medical Definition of tubocurarine

: 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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