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 her own work, Colloca has found that the placebo effect is identical in healthy participants and chronic pain patients. Claudia Lopez Lloreda, Wired, "Can Placebos Work—Even When Patients Know They’re Fake?," 20 Oct. 2020 After all, belief is a crucial component of the placebo effect. Claudia Lopez Lloreda, Wired, "Can Placebos Work—Even When Patients Know They’re Fake?," 20 Oct. 2020 Not all conditions respond to the placebo effect, and people should not avoid necessary treatment, Benedetti points out. Claudia Lopez Lloreda, Wired, "Can Placebos Work—Even When Patients Know They’re Fake?," 20 Oct. 2020 The placebo effect is, in fact, arising in studies for Covid-19 vaccines. Erica Smith, STAT, "The placebo response: a hidden risk to Covid-19 trials," 13 Oct. 2020 Much or all of the encouraging hints seen so far in people may be the result of the placebo effect, skeptics say. Gunjan Sinha, Science | AAAS, "Trials begin for a new weapon against Parkinson’s: light," 17 Sep. 2020 Despite what wellness gurus may say, no scientific research supports the idea that crystals boost human health—apart from the placebo effect, which can be powerful. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Desert Moss Beats Heat By Growing Under Quartz Crystals," 21 Aug. 2020 Most doctors would say these individuals’ positive experiences are most likely the result of a placebo effect, or of the disease resolving on its own. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "Why People Are Drinking Silver for COVID-19," 22 June 2020 For those desperate to recharge while stuck at home, these Goop-esque promises might at least have a placebo effect. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business," 22 June 2020

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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 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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