neuromuscular blocking agents

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neu·ro·mus·cu·lar block·ing a·gents

a group of drugs that prevents motor nerve endings from exciting skeletal muscle. They act either by competing for the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine (for example, D-tubocurarine, mivacurium, and pancuronium), or by first stimulating the postjunctional muscle membrane and subsequently desensitizing the muscle endplates to acetylcholine (for example, succinylcholine or decamethonium); used in surgery to produce paralysis and facilitate manipulation of muscles.

neu·ro·mus·cu·lar block·ing a·gents

(nūrō-mŭskyū-lăr bloking ājĕnts)
Drugs that prevent motor nerve endings from exciting skeletal muscle.
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The potential for morbidity and mortality due to neuromuscular-blocking drugs has been known for some time, yet postoperative residual blockade remains common, apparently occurring on a daily basis in most hospital (4,5,18).