DES abbreviation for diethylstilbestrol is a drug, a synthetic estrogen that was developed and prescribed to supplement a woman's natural estrogen production. It was given to "help" women who tended to have miscarriages and premature deliveries to hold onto their pregnancies.

Even though it was found to have absolutely no influence on holding onto pregnancies, (and just as many miscarriages continued to occur while on this medicine) it was still prescribed from 1938-1971 to pregnant women.

This heinous crime legally took place not only under the guise of benefitting women whose pregnancies tend to miscarry, BUT it was given out like vitamins in routine pregnancies (ie not pregnancies even at risk, but normal healthy pregnancies).

DES was, never banned and was continued to be prescribed in the U.S. as well as other countries beyond 1971. In European countries it continued to be prescribed up until 1994 in some third world countries.

Pharmacuetical companies not wanting to lose out on millions made from this drug, began to convince Farms to feed this cure all hormone Diethylstilbestrol to their Livestock, to Fatten their Cattle and chickens and increase sales.

After more than 30 years of research it is well known that DES is a teratogen that causes malformations in an embyo or fetus.

It was never tested before it was put on the market. Woman were told they were doing a good thing for their babies.

Women who took DES are at risk for Breast and other cancers. Their daughters and sons known as DES Daughters or DES Sons are at risk for cancers and infertility.

There are also 3rd generation injuries being associated with the administration of DES to the original Mothers. Injuries that are showing up not only in DES Mother's children, but also in their children's children as well.
1) Janie and Joe are having a hard time conceiving, because Janie is a DES Daughter! her Mom took Diethylstilbestrol.

2) Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was one of the first hormones used to fatten livestock, and because of this, American beef is banned in Europe.

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Stands for "Depressed Eskimo Syndrome", the depression that Eskimos experience due to the lack of sunlight.
"Why the long face, Olivia?"
"I have DES."
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Diethylstilbestrol, a powerful artificial estrogen formerly used as a treatment for preventing miscarriages. The doctors who originally came up with the idea of using DES as a miscarriage preventative clearly had no conception of how powerful a drug it is, and their recommended doses turned out to be insanely high - hundreds of times higher than would be used in comparable estrogen hormone treatment today. Nonetheless, these same crazily high doses carried on being used right up until DES was pulled off the market around 1980.

Today, the daughters from DES pregnancies suffer from high rates of cancer, and many were never able to have children of their own, the damage to their reproductive systems was so great. The official line is that the sons from DES pregnancies came through their exposure virtually unscathed. No cancer, no infertility, no nothing, apart from a mildly increased rate of "noncancerous epididymal cysts".

However, the story doesn't quite end there. DES and other artificial estrogens have been shown to cause intersexed development in fish, birds, and lab rats, and anecdotal reports certainly suggest similar effects on human beings. In particular, within the transgender community, DES exposure has long been rumoured to be a cause of being transgender, and a 2005 study of DES and gender found that 150 out of 500 DES "sons" identified as women rather than men. It shows the power of the pharmaceutical industry, that they've so far kept that story out of the news!
DES... to prevent abortion, miscarriage and premature labor. Recommended for routine prophylaxis in all pregnancies... (from an actual 1953 advert for the drug)
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Acronym. Discerning Ethical Slut. A person, usually female, engaging in consensual non-monogamy, but is characteristically selective with whom s/he has relations and thus will have fewer partners than the typical slut. Variation of "ethical slut," a term from the 1997 Dossie Easton narrative "The Ethical Slut."
Jane is a DES because she has been engaged in consensual non-monogamous simultaneous relationships with John, Rick and Steve, who all possess characteristics necessary for her to date someone: wealthy, attractive, intelligent.
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n. stupid person
adj. an action or a comment that is stupid or dumb
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adj. one guy tripps and falls
then some one says "de de de"
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An abbreviation for delightfully delicious. Can be traced to a naming incident in the midwest.
His name was delightfully delicious, or de de for short.
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Stupid, slow minded, retarded, idiot, dumbshit
Bill is now dead because he ran out in traffic.
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