Definition of stilboestrol in English:

stilboestrol

Line breaks: stil|boes¦trol
Pronunciation: /stɪlˈbiːstrɒl
 
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(US stilbestrol)

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.
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    • 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 + oestrus + -ol.

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