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stilbestrol

Syllabification: stil·bes·trol
Pronunciation: /stilˈbesˌtrôl, -ˌträl
 
/
(British stilboestrol)

Definition of stilbestrol in English:

noun

Biochemistry
A powerful synthetic estrogen used in hormone therapy, as a postcoital contraceptive, and as a growth-promoting agent for livestock.
Example sentences
  • For example, thyroxine for thyroid cancer, tamoxifen for oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer, and stilboestrol for cancer of the prostate.
  • Female hormones lead to gynecomastia, as demonstrated in patients with alcoholic liver disease and those who have been treated with drugs such as stilbestrol.
  • So you don't think that we'll have a stilboestrol problem which is the problem where women, to prevent miscarriage, got high doses of oestrogen in the hope that it would prevent the miscarriage.

Origin

1930s: from stilbene + estrus + -ol.

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