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amygdalin derived from crushed pits of certain fruits.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
An allegedly antineoplastic drug consisting chiefly of amygdalin derived from apricot pits; no benficial effect has been proven.
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A substance derived from amygdalin that has been promoted by some individuals as a treatment for cancer, although scientific studies have found no evidence of its effectiveness.
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laetrileAmygdalin Quackery A cyanide-rich bitter almond, apricot or peach pit extract, claimed to be effective in treating cancer. See Manner cocktail, Tijuana, Unproven methods of cancer management.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
An allegedly antineoplastic drug consisting chiefly of amygdalin derived from apricot pits; no beneficial effect ever has been proven.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
laetrileA substance, amygdalin, derived from the seeds of bitter almonds, apricots and other fruit, that has been claimed to be effective in treating cancer. It is said to yield a cyanide-containing compound, mandelonitrile, under the action of enzymes said to be more plentiful in cancers than in normal tissue. There is no medically acceptable evidence that laetrile has any value in the treatment of cancer.
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