des

[dey]
preposition
used in French names as a contraction of de and the article les: François des Adrets.
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a plural suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek: proboscides.

Origin:
< Greek, nominative plural of d-stem nouns

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DES
 
abbreviation for
Department of Education and Science

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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   (dē'ē-ěs')  Pronunciation Key 
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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Slang Dictionary

des definition

[dis]
and dec
  1. n.
    December. (Securities markets. Futures and options trading.) : The bean futures for des fell out of bed yesterday. , Sell the aks and buy the des.
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Computing Dictionary

DES definition


Data Encryption Standard

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
DES
  1. data encryption standard

  2. diethylstilbestrol

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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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