diethylstilbestrol vs stilbestrol what difference

what is difference between diethylstilbestrol and stilbestrol

English

Alternative forms

  • diethylstilboestrol (British)

Etymology

From diethyl +‎ stilb(ene) +‎ -estr- (estrogen) +‎ -ol.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /daɪˌɛθ.əl.stɪlˈbɛˌstɹɔl/

Noun

diethylstilbestrol (countable and uncountable, plural diethylstilbestrols) (abbreviated DES)

  1. (pharmacology) A synthetic estrogen drug C18H20O2 used formerly to prevent miscarriage or premature delivery in humans and to promote growth in livestock. The medical use of diethystilbestrol was discontinued in the U.S. during the early 1970s due to its association with serious side effects (such as reproductive tract abnormalities and increased rates of infertility) in offspring exposed to the drug while developing in the uterus. It is no longer commercially available in the U.S. and its use is currently limited to specially compounded formulations for veterinary care.
    Synonym: stilbestrol

References

  • “diethylstilbestrol”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.


English

Alternative forms

  • stilboestrol (British)

Etymology

Contraction of diethylstilbestrol.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /stɪlˈbɛˌstɹɔl/

Noun

stilbestrol (countable and uncountable, plural stilbestrols)

  1. (pharmacology) Alternative form of diethylstilbestrol.

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