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- n. diethylstilbestrol
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- n. a potent estrogen used in medicine and in feed for livestock and poultry
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That a minor hiccup could occur during brain development in the womb, perhaps caused by a hormonal glitch, or environmental factors such as administration of diethylstilboestrol during pregnancy seems very plausible.
She believes there are parallels with another man-made hormone, diethylstilboestrol (DES), which was used to prevent miscarriage in the 1950s.