noun, plural pla·ce·bos, pla·ce·boes.
- a substance having no pharmacological effect but given merely to satisfy a patient who supposes it to be a medicine.
- a substance having no pharmacological effect but administered as a control in testing experimentally or clinically the efficacy of a biologically active preparation.
Origin of placebo
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Contemporary Examples of placebo
After the surgery he discovered that he had simply drunk fruit juice with added sugar and he had been given a placebo.The Week in Death: Alexander Shulgrin, Who Synthesized the Drug Ecstasy
June 7, 2014
Nobody conceived of a thing like the placebo effect or researcher bias —none of these notions had been worked out yet.Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure
April 16, 2014
Those who had received the actual drug reported better levels of self-satisfaction than the unfortunates who just got the placebo.Kythera Helps You Melt Your Double Chin, No Diet or Surgery Required
September 17, 2013
The second is the placebo effect, which will often cause anything presented as medication to “work.”America’s Epidemic of Psychiatric Over-Diagnosis
June 21, 2013
Of 8,696 men taking a placebo (the comparison group), 529 (9.3 cancers per 1,000 person-years) developed the disease.Will Supplements Kill You?
October 11, 2011
Historical Examples of placebo
We'll call this the placebo criticism and will come back to it, too, in a moment.
The dirage was concluded, and vespers for the dead were now commencing with the "Placebo Domino."
The placebo effect has become increasingly interesting to psychological as well as medical researchers.
This is a last phase of the metaphysical polity, and is only a kind of placebo.
It is a milder form of this same method to give what the learned faculty term a placebo.The Humbugs of the World
P. T. Barnum
noun plural -bos or -boes
Word Origin for placebo
early 13c., name given to the rite of Vespers of the Office of the Dead, so called from the opening of the first antiphon, "I will please the Lord in the land of the living" (Psalm cxiv:9), from Latin placebo "I shall please," future indicative of placere "to please" (see please). Medical sense is first recorded 1785, "a medicine given more to please than to benefit the patient." Placebo effect attested from 1950.
n. pl. pla•ce•bos
A substance containing no active drug, administered to a patient participating in a medical experiment as a control.