laetrile

noun

la·​e·​trile ˈlā-ə-(ˌ)tril How to pronounce laetrile (audio)
-trəl
often capitalized
: a drug derived especially from apricot pits that contains amygdalin and has been used in the treatment of cancer although of unproved effectiveness

Examples of laetrile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is not the first time Jason Vale has been accused of selling laetrile, another name for amygdalin. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 23 Oct. 2019 The apricot kernels themselves don't have cyanide in them, but upon digestion the body converts a compound called laetrile into the poison. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 13 Sep. 2017 And despite the claims of some natural health practitioners, no existing studies have been found that meet scientific standards for proving that laetrile actually helps combat cancer, reports Rae Johnston for Gizmodo Australia. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 13 Sep. 2017 The drug foreshadowed the debate over later miracle cures, such as laetrile in the 1970s. John Kelly, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2017 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. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, 29 May 2017 Among the treatments Messer allegedly prescribed were laetrile and three castor oil enemas per day for three months. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, 29 May 2017

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Word History

Etymology

laevorotary (levorotary) + nitrile

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laetrile was in 1953

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“Laetrile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laetrile. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

laetrile

noun
la·​e·​trile ˈlā-ə-(ˌ)tril, -trəl How to pronounce laetrile (audio)
often capitalized
: 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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