Definition of side effect
- toxic side effects
Nausea and diarrhea are the side effects of the drug.
the harmful side effects of using chemicals to kill insects
The merger created positive side effects for both companies.
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: an often harmful and unwanted effect of a drug or chemical that occurs along with the desired effect
: a result of an action that is not expected or intended
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