Placebo effect

Definition of Placebo effect

Pla`ce´bo ef`fect`
n.1.(Med.) a reaction by a patient who receives a placebo{2}, in which the symptoms of illness are lessened or an anticipated effect is experienced. Because the placebo{2} itself has no pharmacological activity, this reaction is mediated by the expectations of the patient receiving the placebo{2}; the reaction is considered as an example of the power of suggestion.

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consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
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