Definition of diethylstilbestrol in English:



another term for stilbestrol
‘Farmers have given the synthetic hormone diethylstilbestrol to cattle, effectively chemically castrating male animals.’
  • ‘They were compared with diethylstilboestrol, a steroidal oestrogen, as a positive control.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’



/dīˌeTHəlstilˈbestrôl/ /daɪˌɛθəlstɪlˈbɛstrɔl/