amygdalin

Definition / meaning of amygdalin

A substance found in the pits of many fruits such as apricots and papayas, and in other foods. It has been tried in some countries as a treatment for cancer, but it has not been shown to work in clinical studies. Amygdalin is not approved for use in the United States. Also called laetrile.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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