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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Shortly after arriving at the spa, also known as Pacific Health Restoration Center, Hirsh received a regime of laetrile, which contains cyanide and is banned by the Food and Drug Administration.
Among the treatments Messer allegedly prescribed were laetrile and three castor oil enemas per day for three months.
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Origin and Etymology of laetrile
laevorotary (levorotary) + nitrile
First Known Use: 1953See Words from the same year
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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