- an inactive substance or a real medication that produces unpleasant or worsening symptoms in a patient or research participant because the person expects negative effects.
- a negative symptom experienced by a person with such expectations.
Origin of nocebo
1960–65; Latin nocēbō I shall be harmful; patterned after placebo
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