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diethylstilbestrol

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noun di·eth·yl·stil·bes·trol \-stil-ˈbes-ˌtrȯl, -ˌtrōl\

Definition of diethylstilbestrol

  1. :  a colorless crystalline synthetic compound C18H20O2 used as a potent estrogen but contraindicated in pregnancy for its tendency to cause cancer or birth defects in offspring —called also DES, stilbestrol



Origin of diethylstilbestrol

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1938


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diethylstilbestrol

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noun di·eth·yl·stil·bes·trol \-stil-ˈbes-ˌtrȯl, -ˌtrōl\

Medical Definition of diethylstilbestrol

  1. :  a colorless crystalline synthetic compound C18H20O2 used as a potent estrogen but contraindicated in pregnancy for its tendency to cause cancer or birth defects in offspring—called also DES, stilbestrol



Variants of diethylstilbestrol

or chiefly British di·eth·yl·stil·boes·trol \-ˈbēs-\play

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