any of several organic compounds derived chiefly from apricot kernels, used by some unorthodox practitioners to treat cancer
Origin of laetrilelae(vorotatory glycosidic ni)trile
A substance derived from amygdalin, promoted by some individuals as an antineoplastic drug but found by researchers to have no proven benefit in animals or humans.
Origin of laetrilelae(vorotatory) (variant of levorotatory) + (ni)trile.
A contraction of l-mandelonitrile, from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη (amugdalē, “almond”) + -o- + nitrile.