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DES

Definitions of DES
  1. noun
    a potent estrogen used in medicine and in feed for livestock and poultry
    synonyms: diethylstilbestrol, diethylstilboestrol, stilbestrol, stilboestrol
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    type of:
    estrogen, oestrogen
    a general term for female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary and responsible for typical female sexual characteristics
  2. noun
    synthetic nonsteroid with the properties of estrogen; formerly used to treat menstrual problems but was found to be associated with vaginal cancers in the daughters of women so treated during pregnancy
    synonyms: diethylstilbesterol, stilbesterol
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    type of:
    nonsteroid, nonsteroidal
    an organic compound that does no contain a steroid
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