American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A synthetic nonsteroidal substance, C18H20O2, having estrogenic properties and used in the treatment of prostatic cancer. It was once used to treat menstrual disorders and to prevent miscarriage but is no longer prescribed for these cases because of the occurrence of reproductive abnormalities and cancers in the offspring of women so treated.
- n. An orally-active synthetic nonsteroidal oestrogen, first synthesized in 1938 and withdrawn in the 1970s on being identified as a teratogen.
- n. a potent estrogen used in medicine and in feed for livestock and poultry
“In 1971, yet another such study identified an even more unusual carcinogen, a synthetic hormonal medicine called diethylstilbestrol DES.”
“Researchers suspect that BPA could play a role in cancer because of its structural similarities to a cancer-promoting compound called diethylstilbestrol (DES).”
“For example, withdrawing nitrofurans from livestock use took 20 years, DES diethylstilbestrol took seven years and enrofloxacin took five years and cost $3.3 million, says the agency.”
“I presented a paper in 2005, with Dr. Milton Diamond, to Dr. Zucker and a host of other experts at the International Behavioral Development Symposium, showing that exposure to DES (diethylstilbestrol) in utero was strongly linked to the onset of the intersexed condition called transsexualism.”
“For decades, the United States Government has been keeping the deep, dark secret of DES (diethylstilbestrol) from Americans so well that most people have never heard of it and don't know that it was the world's first drug disaster.”
“That's why, doctors believe, many babies exposed before birth to a drug called DES, or diethylstilbestrol, later developed rare cancers or fertility problems, Taylor says.”
“A story that recently appeared on the front pages of many newspapers involves the increased risk of breast cancer in women exposed to diethylstilbestrol -- DES -- while in utero.”
“Between 1941 and 1971, millions of expectant mothers were prescribed DES diethylstilbestrol, a drug later linked to cancer, infertility, and deformity for the babies exposed in utero, once they reached puberty years later.”
“They don't apply to women with certain medical risk factors, such as exposure to the prescription drug DES diethylstilbestrol, which has been linked to cancer.”
“For decades, the United States Government has been keeping the deep dark secret of DES (diethylstilbestrol) from Americans so well that most people have never heard of it and don't know that it was the world's first drug disaster.”
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