Definition of Active placebo

1. Noun. A placebo used in experimental tests of a drug that has noticeable side effects. "An active placebo mimics the side effects of the experimental drug"

Generic synonyms: Placebo

Medical Definition of Active placebo

1. Any dummy medical treatment, originally, a medicinal preparation having no specific pharmacological activity against the patients illness or complaint given solely for the psychophysiological effects of the treatment, more recently, a dummy treatment administered to the control group in a controlled clinical trial in order that the specific and non-specific effects of the experimental treatment can be distinguished i.e., the experimental treatment must produce better results than the placebo in order to be considered effective. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Active Placebo

active immunization
active inflammation
active ingredient
active ingredients
active labour
active length-tension curve
active listening
active matrices
active matrix
active matrix screen
active metal
active methionine
active methyl
active movement
active mutant
active placebo (current term)
active power
active powers
active principle
active prophylaxis
active psychoanalysis
active pyruvate
active repressor
active site
active splint
active succinate
active sulfate
active transport
active treatment
active trust

Literary usage of Active placebo

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Problems of Drug Dependence: Proceedings of the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting by Louie S. Harrie (1999)
"The final study examined the effect of administering 100 mg of cocaine or 100 mg of active placebo (96 mg lactose + 4 mg cocaine) over a 20 minute period on ..."

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