Definition of amygdalin in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmiɡdələn/


A bitter crystalline compound, found in bitter almonds and the stones of peaches, apricots, and other fruit.
Example sentences
  • Moreover, when unripe, they contain amygdalin, which is also present in bitter almonds, and are toxic.
  • Taken orally or as an injection, laetrile is a purified form of amygdalin, a chemical found in lima beans, raw nuts and the pits of many fruits.
  • This herb contains amygdalin which hydrolizes into benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid.


Mid 19th century: from Latin amygdala 'almond' + -in1.

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Syllabification: a·myg·da·lin

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