noun[mass noun] trademark
A compound extracted from peach stones, formerly used controversially to treat cancer.
- Gather together dried apricot pits, we'll fleece the dying by calling it Laetrile: a cancer cure.
- A prime example is Laetrile (laevo-mandelonitrile-beta-glucuronoside), a useless and poisonous drug promoted for cancer treatment.
- Vitamin B17, or Laetrile, is found plentifully in apricot stone kernels and is thought to play a role in reducing inappropriate cell division which occurs in malignant tumours.
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