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placebo

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noun pla·ce·bo \plə-ˈsē-(ˌ)bō\

Simple Definition of placebo

  • medical : a pill or substance that is given to a patient like a drug but that has no physical effect on the patient

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of placebo

plural

placebos

  1. 1 a :  a usually pharmacologically inert preparation prescribed more for the mental relief of the patient than for its actual effect on a disorder b :  an inert or innocuous substance used especially in controlled experiments testing the efficacy of another substance (as a drug)

  2. 2 :  something tending to soothe

Origin and Etymology of placebo

Latin, I shall please


First Known Use: 1785


Medical Dictionary

placebo

play
noun pla·ce·bo \plə-ˈsē-(ˌ)bō\

Medical Definition of placebo

plural

placebos

  1. 1:  a usually pharmacologically inert preparation prescribed more for the mental relief of the patient than for its actual effect on a disorder

  2. 2:  an inert or innocuous substance used especially in controlled experiments testing the efficacy of another substance (as a drug)




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