laetrile

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

Definition of laetrile

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

Origin and Etymology of laetrile

laevorotary (levorotary) + nitrile


First Known Use: 1953


Medical Dictionary

laetrile

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

Medical Definition of laetrile

  1. :  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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