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.
Any of several organic compounds derived chiefly from apricot kernels, used by some unorthodox practitioners to treat cancer.
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.
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.