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laetrile

noun, la·e·trile often capitalized \ˈlā-ə-(ˌ)tril, -trəl\

Definition of LAETRILE

:  a drug derived especially from apricot pits that contains amygdalin and has been used in the treatment of cancer although of unproved effectiveness

Origin of LAETRILE

laevorotary (levorotary) + nitrile
First Known Use: 1953

laetrile

noun , la·e·trile often capitalized \ˈlā-ə-(ˌ)tril, -trəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LAETRILE

:  a drug that is derived especially from pits of the apricot (Prunus armeniaca of the rose family), that contains amygdalin, and that has been used in the treatment of cancer although of unproved effectiveness

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