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des

[dey] /deɪ/
preposition
1.
used in French names as a contraction of de and the article les: François des Adrets.

-des

1.
a plural suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek:
proboscides.
Origin
< Greek, nominative plural of d-stem nouns
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  • In the combination dalles des morts it usually means a gravestone.
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DES

abbreviation (in Britain)
1.
Department of Education and Science
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des in Medicine

DES (dē'ē-ěs')
n.
Diethylstilbestrol; a synthetic nonsteroidal substance having estrogenic properties and once used to treat menstrual disorders. It is no longer used due to the incidence of certain vaginal cancers in the daughters of women so treated.

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des in Science
DES
  (dē'ē-ěs')   
Short for diethylstilbestrol. A synthetic nonsteroidal substance having estrogenic properties and prescribed between 1938 and 1971 to pregnant women with a history of miscarriage and other problems of pregnancy. It is no longer used due to the incidence of certain vaginal cancers and other disorders in the daughters of women so treated.
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des in Technology
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Related Abbreviations for des

DES

  1. data encryption standard
  2. diethylstilbestrol
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Encyclopedia Article for des

DES

nonsteroidal synthethic estrogen used as a drug and formerly used to promote growth of livestock. Unlike natural estrogens, DES remains active following oral administration. It is also administered as vaginal suppositories and by injection. DES breaks down more slowly in the body than do the natural estrogens.

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