placebo effect

noun

: 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 The researchers initially saw a profound placebo effect: Patients seemed to improve whether their implants had been activated or not. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 The placebo is real That doesn't mean that the placebo effect isn't happening here. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 26 Sep. 2023 After all, the placebo effect is largely mediated by the belief that some form of treatment is happening. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 26 Sep. 2023 Experts say there’s no evidence to support this, but the placebo effect is real. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 10 Jan. 2024 The continued improvement suggests that ibogaine’s effects are likely to be real rather than placebo-driven, Williams says, because the placebo effect tends to peak immediately after treatment and degrade over time. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2024 What does this suggest about the value of both art and the placebo effect in supporting our human Frailties? Andrew Ridker, CBS News, 19 Sep. 2023 Dodman describes it as something like the placebo effect. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2023 Our lives, even our most intimate ones, Hill suggests, are susceptible to a series of false narratives, propped up by conspiracy theories, placebo effects and self-delusion. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of placebo effect was in 1902

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“Placebo effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/placebo%20effect. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

placebo effect

noun
: 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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