Definition of Laetrile in English:

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Laetrile

Pronunciation: /ˈlāəˌtril/ /-trəl/

noun

( trademark in the UK)
A compound extracted from amygdalin, formerly used controversially to treat cancer.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: La·e·trile

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