curare curare


  • (n) a toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles


  1. When all was secure, he injected a curare antidote.
  2. When used in combination with ether, curare becomes more hazardous, causing one death per 250 patients.
  3. Such research in the past led to the discovery of curare, an arrow poison from the Amazon now used to paralyze muscles during surgery.

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  • Raymond Chandler wrote admiringly that Hammett "gave murder back to the kind of people who do it for a reason, not just to provide a corpse; and with means at hand, not with handwrought dueling pistols, curare and tropical fish."
    on May 4, 2006 By: Raymond Chandler Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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