An allegedly antineoplastic drug consisting chiefly of amygdalin derived from apricot pits; its antitumor effect is unproven.

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la·e·trile 'lā-ə-(.)tril, -trəl n, often cap a drug that is derived esp. from pits of the apricot (Prunus armeniaca of the rose family), that contains amygdalin, and that has been used in the treatment of cancer although of unproved effectiveness
Each boldface word in the list below is a British variant of the word to its right in small capitals.
laevo - LEVO
laevocardia - LEVOCARDIA
laevocardiogram - LEVOCARDIOGRAM
laevo-dihydroxyphenylalanine - LEVO-DIHYDROXYPHENYLALANINE
laevodopa - LEVODOPA
laevorotation - LEVOROTATION
laevorotatory - LEVOROTATORY
laevothyroxine - LEVOTHYROXINE
laevulinate - LEVULINATE
laevulinic acid - LEVULINIC ACID
laevulosaemia - LEVULOSEMIA
laevulosan - LEVULOSAN
laevulose - LEVULOSE
laevulosuria - LEVULOSURIA

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a cyanide-containing compound extracted from peach stones. It has been used in complementary medicine in the treatment of various forms of cancer.

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La·e·trile (laґə-tril) trademark for l-mandelonitrile-β-glucuronic acid, a semisynthetic derivative of amygdalin; it is alleged to have antineoplastic properties. Cf. laetrile.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • laetrile — A substance found in the pits of many fruits such as apricots and papayas, and in other foods. It has been tried in some countries as a treatment for cancer, but it has not been shown to work in clinical studies. Laetrile is not approved for use… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • laetrile — noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: laevorotary (levorotary) + nitrile Date: 1953 a drug derived especially from apricot pits that contains amygdalin and has been used in the treatment of cancer although of unproved effectiveness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • laetrile — /lay i tril/, n. a controversial drug, purported to cure cancer, prepared from the pits of apricots or peaches and containing about 6 percent cyanide by weight: banned by the FDA. [1950 55; said to be a contr. of l mandelonitrile, equiv. to L + G …   Universalium

  • laetrile — noun 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 . Syn: amygdalin …   Wiktionary

  • laetrile — n. controversial drug made from the pits of different fruits and considered by some to have anti cancer properties …   English contemporary dictionary

  • laetrile — la·e·trile …   English syllables

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