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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A substance derived from amygdalin, promoted by some individuals as an antineoplastic drug but found by researchers to have no proven benefit in animals or humans.

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  • 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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[lae(vorotatory) (variant of levorotatory) + (ni)trile.]

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A contraction of l-mandelonitrile, from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη ("almond") + -o- + nitrile.

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