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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ă-mig′dă-lin

Definition: A cyanogenic glucoside present in almonds and seeds of other plants of the family Rosaceae; the principal component of laetrile. Emulsin splits amygdalin into benzaldehyde, d-glucose, and hydrocyanic acid.

Synonym(s): amygdaloside

[G. amygdala, almond, + -in]

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