laetrile

noun, often capitalized la·e·trile \ ˈlā-ə-(ˌ)tril , -trəl \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of laetrile

laevorotary (levorotary) + nitrile


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laetrile

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

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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