Definition of amygdalin in English:

amygdalin

Line breaks: amyg|dal¦in
Pronunciation: /əˈmɪɡd(ə)lɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
A bitter crystalline compound found in bitter almonds and the stones of peaches, apricots, and other fruit.
More 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.

Origin

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

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