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tu·bo·cu·ra·rine(to͞o′bō-ko͝o-rä′rĭn, -rēn′, -kyo͝o-, tyo͞o′-)
1. An alkaloid that is an active component of curare obtained from the plant Chondrodendron tomentosum.
2. The hydrated chloride form of this alkaloid, C38H44Cl2N2O6, used as a drug to relax skeletal muscles during anesthesia.
a toxic alkaloid obtained from the stem of a S American vine. Formula: C37H42Cl2N2O6
tu•bo•cu•ra•rine(ˌtu boʊ kyʊˈrɑr in, -ɪn, ˌtyu-)
the principal active alkaloid of curare, C38H44Cl2N2O, used as a muscle relaxant, esp. as an adjunct to anesthesia.
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|Noun||1.||tubocurarine - 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"|
alkaloid - natural bases containing nitrogen found in plants
neuromuscular blocking agent - a substance that interferes with the neural transmission between motor neurons and skeletal muscles