laetrile

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EtymologyEdit

A contraction of l-mandelonitrile, from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη ‎(amugdálē, almond) + -o- + nitrile.

NounEdit

laetrile ‎(countable and uncountable, plural laetriles)

  1. A drug, derived from the amygdalin of apricot kernels, once thought capable of destroying cancer cells by the release of cyanide but later banned in the United States by the FDA.

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