[ kyoo-rahr-ahyz, koo-, kyoo r-uh-rahyz, koo r- ]
/ kyʊˈrɑr aɪz, kʊ-, ˈkyʊər əˌraɪz, ˈkʊər- /

verb (used with object), cu·ra·rized, cu·ra·riz·ing.

to administer curare to, as in vivisection.
Also especially British, cu·ra·rise.

Origin of curarize

First recorded in 1870–75; curar(e) + -ize

Related forms

cu·ra·ri·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for curarize



/ (ˈkjʊərəˌraɪz) /


(tr) to paralyse or treat with curare

Derived Forms

curarization or curarisation, noun
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Medicine definitions for curarize


[ ku-rärīz′, kyu- ]


To poison with curare.
To treat a person with curare so as to relax the skeletal muscles.

Related forms

cu•ra′ri•zation (-rĭ-zāshən) n.
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