Definition of Laetrile

1. Noun. A substance derived from amygdalin; publicized as an antineoplastic drug although there is no supporting evidence.

Generic synonyms: Amygdalin



Definition of Laetrile

1. 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 FDA. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Laetrile

1. a drug derived from apricot pits [n -S]

Medical Definition of Laetrile

1. A chemical derived from the almond seeds, papaya seeds thought by many alternative practitioners to have anti-cancer properties. It is also called amydalin. This is officially banned in the USA but samples are often smuggled into or manufactured in neighbouring countries where control on usage is far less strict. (16 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Laetrile

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laetrile (current term)
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laevodihydroxyphenylalanine
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Literary usage of Laetrile

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1. Unholy Alliance: Priests, Rabbis and Conspirators Within the Temple of Doom by Gyeorgos Ceres Hatonn (1992)
"Had their test shown laetrile to be worthless, they would have been only too happy to ... The battle against laetrile continued on a nationwide campaign. ..."

2. Radiant Healing: The Many Paths to Personal Harmony and Planetary Wholeness by Bellamy Isabel, Isabel Bellamy, Donald MacLean, Maclean Donald (2005)
"United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) authorities do not consider laetrile as an approved treatment for cancer, and aggressively prosecute anyone ..."

3. Bound for Good Health: A Collection of Age PagesMedical (1993)
"... person's fear of cancer by offering "treatments" that have no proven value— for example, a diet dangerously low in protein or drugs such as laetrile. ..."

4. Medical Marijuana Referenda Movement in America: Hearing Before the edited by Bill McCollum (2001)
"We don't want to have referenda deciding laetrile, thalidomide, or other substances as to whether or not they're appropriate and have medical value. ..."

5. Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plants: Bibliography: January 1990-June 1991 by Susan A. McCarthy (1993)
"A variety of health and nutrition practices are examined and critiqued including laetrile and starch blockers, homeopathy and herbal medicine, natural foods ..."

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