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or diethylstilbestrol
, synthetic nonsteroid female sex hormone having the same physiological effects as estrogen. In the 1940s and 50s DES was mistakenly believed to reduce the risk of miscarriage and was routinely prescribed for pregnant women believed to be at
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VA SYNTHETIC form of oestrogen, Diethylstilboestrol (DES) was widely used in the US between 1940 and 1970, but less frequently in the UK and Europe, to treat threatened miscarriage.
The Office earlier reported that diethylstilboestrol (DES), a synthetic hormone for which the tolerance level is zero, had been found in two consignments of US meat.
THE article looked at cancers in the children of women who took diethylstilboestrol during pregnancy.