Definition of tubocurarine in English:


Syllabification: tu·bo·cu·ra·rine
Pronunciation: /ˌt(y)o͞obōkyo͞oˈrärēn


A compound of the alkaloid class obtained from curare and used to produce relaxation of voluntary muscles before surgery and in tetanus, encephalitis, and poliomyelitis.
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  • Not all voluntary muscles are equally sensitive to tubocurarine, and fortunately the respiratory muscles are the most spared.
  • Examples include the analgesics morphine and codeine, the antibiotic sanguinarine, the gout suppressant colchicine, and the muscle relaxant (+) tubocurarine.
  • The pH of tubocurarine chloride injection did not change appreciably during the 90-day study period.


late 19th century: from Latin tubus 'tube' + curare + -ine4.

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