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tubocurarine chloride

Pronunciation: tu'bo-kyu-ra'rin klor'id

Definition: An alkaloid (obtained from the stems of Chondodendron, particularly C. tomentosum) that blocks the action of acetylcholine at the myoneural junction by occupying the receptors competitively; also blocks ganglionic transmission and releases histamine; used to produce muscular relaxation during surgical operations.

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