placebo effect

noun

Definition of placebo effect

: improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used

Examples of placebo effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past, one explanation that had been offered for the apparent success of homeopathy trials is a strong placebo effect, generated by the extensive personal interaction between people seeking treatments and the practitioners. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 22 Mar. 2022 Sometimes there’s nothing to doctor, but the placebo effect of a Band-Aid cannot be overstated. Rachel Walker, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2019 Hudson says there may be a placebo effect available to marathoners who believe strongly in the benefits of a training volume reduction, but the current narrative seems more likely to produce the opposite effect on performance, a nocebo. Leo Spall, Outside Online, 11 Oct. 2019 This helps reinforce the placebo effect phenomenon, experts said. Dr. Aubrie Ford, ABC News, 20 Jan. 2022 Experts say the placebo effect is a powerful example of the connection between our minds, bodies and circumstances. Dr. Aubrie Ford, ABC News, 20 Jan. 2022 Experts said it’s also important to consider the power of the placebo effect on any potential physical or mental reactions to adaptogens. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Recovery has also become big business but the placebo effect here appears as strong, if not stronger, than in some more direct performance products. Leo Spall, Outside Online, 17 Sep. 2019 Perhaps more likely, said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, those people who notice a benefit may actually be experiencing a placebo effect. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of placebo effect

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Placebo effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/placebo%20effect. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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placebo effect

noun

Medical Definition of placebo effect

: improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used

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