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Definitions of CURARE
- 2010 - New Age Dictionary Database
- 2010 - Medical Dictionary Database
- 1898 - Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today.
- 1846 - Medical lexicon: a dictionary of medical science
- 1919 - The concise Oxford dictionary of current English
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- 1916 - Appleton's medical dictionary
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Plant extracts from several species, including Strychnos toxifera, S. castelnaei, S. crevauxii, and Chondodendron tomentosum, that produce paralysis of skeletal muscle and are used adjunctively with general anesthesia. These extracts are toxic and must be used with the administration of artificial respiration.
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By William R. Warner
A very energetic vegetable poison employed by the South American Indians to poison their arrows. It is said to be obtained from the bark of a species of convolvulus, called Vejuco de Mavacure, but is referred by Martius to Strychnos Guianensis,and by Dr. Schomburg to S. toxicaria seu toxifera. The juice of Echites suberecta,another apocyanaceous plant, is said to enter into its composition. Dr. Brainard thinks it contains the poison of serpents as its main ingredient.
By Robley Dunglison
By Sir Augustus Henry
By Willam Alexander Newman Dorland
Also written woorari, woorara, urari, ourari, uvari, and awara. Several varieties of native extracts, used as arrow poisons, are known under the name curare. They are commonly indicated by the kind of container in which they come into commerce, cala bash c. comes in a kind of gourd; tube c. in a bamboo; pot c. in jars, calabash c. yields the alkaloid curarin; tube c. yields tubocurarin and curin; pot c. yields protocurarin and protocurin. There is some confusion concerning the chemistry of curare and the action is variable. C. paralyzes the motor endings of striped muscle, hence it has been used in convulsive conditions, but, owing to the paralysis of respiration which it induces, it is of little therapeutic use. It is used largely in physiological laboratories.
By Smith Ely Jelliffe