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Definition of Curare

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.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11985
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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