Definitions of DES

n a potent estrogen used in medicine and in feed for livestock and poultry

diethylstilbestrol, diethylstilboestrol, stilbestrol, stilboestrol
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

n 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

diethylstilbesterol, stilbesterol
Type of:
nonsteroid, nonsteroidal
an organic compound that does no contain a steroid

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