Laetrile meaning

lāĭ-trĭl, -trəl
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.
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Any of several organic compounds derived chiefly from apricot kernels, used by some unorthodox practitioners to treat cancer.
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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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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.
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Origin of laetrile

  • lae(vorotatory) (variant of levorotatory) (ni)trile

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A contraction of l-mandelonitrile, from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη (amugdalē, “almond”) + -o- + nitrile.

    From Wiktionary