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- n. DES.
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- n. A synthetic estrogen used to treat infertility in animals
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- n. a potent estrogen used in medicine and in feed for livestock and poultry
AbstractFor many years, researchers and public health specialists have been assessing the human health impact of prenatal exposure to the estrogenic anti-miscarriage drug, diethylstilbestrol commonly known as DES or "stilbestrol".
Then DES diethyl stilbestrol was banned for cattle feeding, as were antibiotic swine-feeding supplements and 2, 4, 5-D weed spray.
Several agricultural innovations like 2,4-D weed spray and diethyl stilbestrol for cattle feeding were banned by federal agencies because of their carcinogenic consequences.
And then in 1971, it became apparent that women whose mothers had taken the synthesized estrogen compound diethyl stilbestrol (DES) during the first trimester of pregnancy had a distinctly higher risk of developing adenocarcinoma of the vagina, a relatively rare malignancy.
The second layer contained a phial of little pink capsules, stilbestrol, the cousin explained in her letter.
Hence stilbestrol is cheaper and more easily available than either the natural or synthetic steroid estrogens.
Another synthetic estrogen is stilbestrol (stil-bes'trole), so called because it is related to an organic chemical called "stil-bene").