noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
A powerful synthetic oestrogen used in hormone therapy, as a post-coital contraceptive, and as a growth-promoting agent for livestock.
- 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.
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