amygdalin

noun
amyg·​da·​lin | \ ə-ˈmig-də-lən How to pronounce amygdalin (audio) \

Definition of amygdalin

: a white crystalline cyanogenic glucoside C20H27NO11 found especially in the seeds of the apricot, peach, and bitter almond — compare laetrile

Examples of amygdalin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Known to scientists as amygdalin, the toxin is a type of chemical compound called a cyanogenic glucoside. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome," 13 June 2019 This is not the first time Jason Vale has been accused of selling laetrile, another name for amygdalin. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "Arm wrestling champion arrested for allegedly peddling bogus apricot seed cancer cure," 23 Oct. 2019 According to geneticist and plant-breeder Thomas Gradziel of U.C. Davis, amygdalin is not all bad. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome," 13 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'amygdalin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of amygdalin

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amygdalin

Latin amygdala

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about amygdalin

Time Traveler for amygdalin

Time Traveler

The first known use of amygdalin was in 1651

See more words from the same year

Statistics for amygdalin

Cite this Entry

“Amygdalin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amygdalin. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for amygdalin

amygdalin

noun
amyg·​da·​lin | \ ə-ˈmig-də-lən How to pronounce amygdalin (audio) \

Medical Definition of amygdalin

: a white crystalline cyanogenic glucoside C20H27NO11 found especially in the seeds of the apricot, peach, and bitter almond

More from Merriam-Webster on amygdalin

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about amygdalin

Comments on amygdalin

What made you want to look up amygdalin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!