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

  • n. A drug derived from amygdalin and purported to have antineoplastic properties.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.


lae(vorotatory) (variant of levorotatory) + (ni)trile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A contraction of l-mandelonitrile, from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη ("almond") + -o- + nitrile. (Wiktionary)



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