Placebo

Definition of Placebo

Pla`ce´bo
n.1.(R. C. Ch.) The first antiphon of the vespers for the dead.
2.(Med.) A prescription with no pharmacological activity given to a patient to humor or satisfy the desire for medical treatment.
3.(Med.) a dose of a compound having no pharmacological activity given to a subject in a medical experiment as part of a control experiment in a test of the effectiveness of another, active pharmacological agent.
To sing placebo
to agree with one in his opinion; to be complaisant to.
- Chaucer.

Related Words

active placebo, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
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