Definition of amygdalin in English:



mass nounChemistry
  • A bitter crystalline compound found in bitter almonds and the stones of peaches, apricots, and other fruit.

    • ‘Moreover, when unripe, they contain amygdalin, which is also present in bitter almonds, and are toxic.’
    • ‘This herb contains amygdalin which hydrolizes into benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid.’
    • ‘A journalist rounded on him, asking: ‘Do you stick by your belief that amygdalin stops the spread of cancer?’’
    • ‘Taken orally or as an injection, laetrile is a purified form of amygdalin, a chemical found in lima beans, raw nuts and the pits of many fruits.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin amygdala ‘almond’ + -in.