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 in the United States. Also called amygdalin.

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  • Laétrile — Général Nom IUPAC acide (2S,3S,4S,5R,6R) 6 [(R) cyano(phényl)méthoxy] 3,4,5 trihydroxyoxane 2 carboxylique Synonymes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • laetrile — [lā′ə tril΄] n. [lae(vorotatory glycosidic ni)trile] any of several organic compounds derived chiefly from apricot kernels, used by some unorthodox practitioners to treat cancer …   English World dictionary

  • Laetrile — Strukturformel Allgemeines Name Amygdalin Andere Namen D(−) Mandelonitril β …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Laetrile — Amygdaline Amygdaline Structure de l Amygdaline. Général Synonymes Amygdaloside Laetrile Mandelonitrile beta Gen …   Wikipédia en Français

  • laetrile — An allegedly antineoplastic drug consisting chiefly of amygdalin derived from apricot pits; its antitumor effect is unproven. * * * la·e·trile lā ə (.)tril, trəl n, often cap a drug that is derived esp. from pits of the apricot (Prunus armeniaca… …   Medical dictionary

  • 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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