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1. data encryption standard
(in Britain) abbreviation for
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Department of Education and Science
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|Noun||1.||DES - a potent estrogen used in medicine and in feed for livestock and poultry|
|2.||DES - synthetic nonsteroid with the properties of estrogen; formerly used to treat menstrual problems but was found to be associated with vaginal cancers in the daughters of women so treated during pregnancy|