placebo


pla·ce·bo

noun \plə-ˈsē-(ˌ)bō\

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

plural pla·ce·bos

Full Definition of PLACEBO

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
:  something tending to soothe

Origin of PLACEBO

Latin, I shall please
First Known Use: 1785

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

pla·ce·bo

noun \plə-ˈsē-(ˌ)bō\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pla·ce·bos

Medical Definition of PLACEBO

1
: a usually pharmacologically inert preparation prescribed more for the mental relief of the patient than for its actual effect on a disorder
2
: an inert or innocuous substance used especially in controlled experiments testing the efficacy of another substance (as a drug)

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