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A substance derived from amygdalin that has been promoted by some individuals as a treatment for cancer, although scientific studies have found no evidence of its effectiveness.
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(Pharmacology) an extract of peach stones, containing amygdalin, sold as a cure for cancer but judged useless and possibly dangerous by medical scientists
[C20: from laevorotatory + nitrile]
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la•e•trile(ˈleɪ ɪ trɪl)
a controversial drug prepared chiefly from apricot pits and purported to cure cancer.
[1950–55; lae(voratatory) + (ni)trile]
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|Noun||1.||laetrile - a substance derived from amygdalin; publicized as an antineoplastic drug although there is no supporting evidence|
amygdalin - a bitter cyanogenic glucoside extracted from the seeds of apricots and plums and bitter almonds
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