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[mass noun] A compound of the alkaloid class obtained from curare and used to produce relaxation of voluntary muscles before surgery and in tetanus, encephalitis, and poliomyelitis.
- ‘Examples include the analgesics morphine and codeine, the antibiotic sanguinarine, the gout suppressant colchicine, and the muscle relaxant (+) tubocurarine.’
- ‘Not all voluntary muscles are equally sensitive to tubocurarine, and fortunately the respiratory muscles are the most spared.’
- ‘The pH of tubocurarine chloride injection did not change appreciably during the 90-day study period.’
- ‘Forensic analysis of skeletal muscle relaxants such as tubocurarine and gallamine has been hampered by the fact that these quaternary ammonium compounds are not readily extractable from the biological matrix.’
Late 19th century: from Latin tubus tube + curare + -ine.
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