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placebo effect

Definition:

any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the 1st to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Plural:

placebo effects

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Placebo | SEE | placebo effect

a simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient. Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition, a ... (37 of 12875 words, pronunciation, 2 images)

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Placebo effect (disambiguation)

may refer to: Placebo effect, the tendency of any medication or treatment, even an inert or ineffective one, to exhibit results simply because the recipient believes that it will work | Placebo Effect (Doctor Who), an original novel written by Gary ... (40 of 131 words, 4 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

placebo effect | nonspecific effect [synonym]

psychological or psychophysiological improvement attributed to therapy with an inert substance or a simulated procedure. There is no clear explanation ... (20 of 697 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1705901​/placebo-effect

Collins Dictionary:

placebo effect [medicine] | control group [synonym]

a positive therapeutic effect claimed by a patient after receiving a placebo believed by him to be an active drug (20 of 337 words, 6 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/placebo-effect

Oxford Dictionary:

placebo effect

a beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be ... (25 of 65 words, 1 usage example)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/placebo-effect

Macmillan British Dictionary:

placebo effect [countable, medical] | placebo effects [plural]

improvement in an ill person's condition when they have been given a placebo instead of real medicine (17 of 47 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/placebo-effect

Merriam-Webster:

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 (23 of 37 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/placebo effect

American Heritage Dictionary:

placebo effect

The beneficial effect in a patient following a particular treatment that arises from the patient's expectations concerning the treatment rather than ... (21 of 28 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/placebo-effect

Wiktionary:

placebo effect [pharmacology] | placebo effects [plural]

The tendency of any medication or treatment, even an inert or ineffective one, to exhibit results simply because the recipient believes that it will work. (25 of 27 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/placebo effect

New World Dictionary:

placebo effect

an improvement in a person's medical condition regarded as the effect of the person's belief in the effectiveness of the treatment used (22 of 24 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/placebo-effect

Random House Dictionary:

placebo effect

a reaction to a placebo manifested by a lessening of symptoms or the production of anticipated side effects. (18 of 23 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/placebo-effect

Cambridge Dictionary:

the upshot | upshot

something which happens as a result of other actions, events or decisions (12 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/the-upshot

Encarta Dictionary:

placebo effect | placebo effects [plural]

a sense of benefit felt by a patient that arises solely from the knowledge that treatment has been given (19 of 32 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726595​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

placebo effect [countable, medical] | placebo effects [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "placebo effect"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/placebo-effect

Macmillan American Dictionary:

placebo effect [countable, medical] | placebo effects [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "placebo effect"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/placebo-effect

Google Dictionary:

placebo effect | placebo effects [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "placebo effect"

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YourDictionary Audio:

placebo effect

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "placebo effect" by speech synthesizer

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