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.
Curcumin: Curcumin is derived from the Curcuma longa plant, commonly known as turmeric. Curcumin has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic activity, and low toxicity. More recently, studies have confirmed anti-cancer activities on numerous biological pathways involved in mutagenesis, oncogene expression, cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, tumorigenesis and […]
Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time without recurrence of a disease so that the risk of recurrence is small. 3. Particularly in the past, a course of treatment. For example, take a cure at a spa. The word cure comes from the Latin cura meaning care, […]
Curettage: Removal of tissue with a curette from the wall of a cavity or another surface. For example, curettage may be done to remove skin cancer. After a local anesthetic numbs the area, the skin cancer is scooped out with a curette. Curettage may also be done in the uterus; dilation and curettage (D&C) refers […]
Curette: spoon-shaped instrument that has a sharp edge. The word curette comes from French and means ‘scraper.’ Also spelled curet.
- Curie (Ci)
Curie (Ci): A unit of radioactivity. (Specifically, the quantity of any radioactive nuclide in which the number of disintegrations per second is 3.7 X 10 to the 10th). Named for Marie and Pierre Curie who did pioneering research in radioactivity, distinguished alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, discovered polonium and radium, and isolated pure radium. They […]