a colorless or yellowish, water-soluble, volatile oil, C 7 H 6 O, having a bitter, almondlike odor, used chiefly in the organic synthesis of dyes, perfumes, and flavors, and as a solvent; artificial oil of bitter almond.
benzaldehyde, which is one of laetrile's breakdown products, has also been tested for anticancer activity in humans.
Currently benzaldehyde is primarily made from toluene by a number of different processes.
British Dictionary definitions for benzaldehyde
a yellowish fragrant volatile oil occurring in almond kernels and used in the manufacture of dyes, perfumes, and flavourings and as a solvent for oils and resins. Formula: C6H5CHO Systematic name benzenecarbaldehyde
(běn-zāl'də-hīd') A colorless aromatic oil that smells like almonds. It is obtained naturally from certain nuts and plant leaves, or made synthetically. It is used in perfumes and as a solvent and flavoring. Chemical formula:C7H6O.