Definition of Laetrile in English:


Syllabification: La·e·trile
Pronunciation: /ˈlāəˌtril, -trəl


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  • A compound extracted from amygdalin, formerly used controversially to treat cancer.
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    • 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.


1950s: from a blend of laevorotatory (a variant of levorotatory) and nitrile.

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