- 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.
Origin of laetrile
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- an extract of peach stones, containing amygdalin, sold as a cure for cancer but judged useless and possibly dangerous by medical scientists
C20: from laevorotatory + nitrile
- A drug derived from amygdalin from apricot pits and purported to have antineoplastic properties.