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Definition of Curare

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Curare: A muscle relaxant used in anesthesia (and, in the past, in arrow poisons by South American Indians).

Curare competes with acetylcholine, a chemical that carries information between nerve and muscle cells, and blocks transmission of the information.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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