Definition of diethylstilbestrol in US English:



  • another term for stilbestrol
    • ‘They were compared with diethylstilboestrol, a steroidal oestrogen, as a positive control.’
    • ‘For example, a small number of women who were exposed prenatally to diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic estrogenic drug, developed vaginal cancer as young girls.’
    • ‘Ongoing epidemiological studies suggest a slightly increased threat of breast cancer in women exposed to synthetic diethylstilbestrol.’
    • ‘Farmers have given the synthetic hormone diethylstilbestrol to cattle, effectively chemically castrating male animals.’
    • ‘In the 1940s and 1950s, another estrogen, diethylstilbestrol, was widely given to Western women early in their pregnancies in a misguided attempt to prevent miscarriage.’