Definitions for laetrileˈleɪ ɪ trɪl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
la•e•trileˈleɪ ɪ trɪl(n.)
a controversial drug prepared chiefly from apricot pits and purported to cure cancer.
Origin of laetrile:
a substance derived from amygdalin; publicized as an antineoplastic drug although there is no supporting evidence
A drug, derived from the amygdalin of apricot kernels, once thought capable of destroying cancer cells by the release of cyanide but later banned in the United States by the FDA.
Origin: A contraction of l-mandelonitrile, from ἀμυγδάλη + -o- + nitrile.