Definitions for laetrileˈleɪ ɪ trɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

la•e•trileˈleɪ ɪ trɪl(n.)

  1. a controversial drug prepared chiefly from apricot pits and purported to cure cancer.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of laetrile:

1950–55; lae(voratatory)+(ni)trile

Princeton's WordNet

  1. laetrile(noun)

    a substance derived from amygdalin; publicized as an antineoplastic drug although there is no supporting evidence


  1. laetrile(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: A contraction of l-mandelonitrile, from ἀμυγδάλη + -o- + nitrile.


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