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  • n  a toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles
    curare acts by blocking cholinergic transmission at the myoneural junction

  • The Indian arrow poison curare (rhymes with safari) is sometimes used in abdominal surgery and in spastic paralysis, to relax taut muscles.
  • When all was secure, he injected a curare antidote.
  • When used in combination with ether, curare becomes more hazardous, causing one death per 250 patients.

  • Raymond Chandler in San Francisco Chronicle
    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."

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