from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

stilb(ene) + estr(us) + -ol1.


  • 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".

    DiEthylStilbestrol in the Dock

  • Then DES diethyl stilbestrol was banned for cattle feeding, as were antibiotic swine-feeding supplements and 2, 4, 5-D weed spray.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • 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.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • 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.

    Getting in Nature's Way

  • 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.

    The Human Brain

  • Another synthetic estrogen is stilbestrol (stil-bes'trole), so called because it is related to an organic chemical called "stil-bene").

    The Human Brain


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