Definition of Placebo

1. Noun. An innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier or to the control group in experiments on the efficacy of a drug.

Specialized synonyms: Active Placebo
Generic synonyms: Medicament, Medication, Medicinal Drug, Medicine



2. Noun. (Roman Catholic Church) vespers of the office for the dead.

Definition of Placebo

1. n. The first antiphon of the vespers for the dead.

Definition of Placebo

1. Noun. (pharmacology) A dummy medicine containing no active ingredients; an inert treatment. ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) Anything of no real benefit which nevertheless makes people feel better. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Placebo

1. a substance containing no medication that is given for its psychological effect [n -BOS or -BOES]

Medical Definition of 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)

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Literary usage of Placebo

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

1. Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"placebo Response Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, twenty- fifth ... Although the placebo response is perhaps the most widely known example of ..."

2. A Supplementary English Glossary by Thomas Lewis Owen Davies (1881)
"placebo. To be at the school of placebo = to be time-serving : the usual phrase is "to ... placebo." See N. sv — A'noj-, Gaily Letter, 1544 (. ..."

3. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"And in stead of giuing Free Counsell SING him a Song of placebo. 1819. ... temporary effects of such a placebo hypodermically administered. 1892. ..."

4. Political, Religious, and Love Poems: From the Archbishop of Canterbury's by Frederick James Furnivall, William Michael Rossetti, Lambeth Palace Library, British Museum (1866)
"... for lake napes sowie, placebo and dirige. who shall execute ' ye fest of ... sowie placebo & dirige. ..."

5. Customary of the Benedictine Monasteries of Saint Augustine, Canterbury, and by Edward Maunde Thompson, Richard de Ware, Westminster Abbey, Gonville and Caius College Library (1902)
"... placebo," et " Dirige," et specialiter cum ... Hoc observato, quod "placebo" et "Dirige" de ipso anniversario nullatenus in conventu dicatur, ..."

6. Overview of Addiction Treatment Effectiveness by Mim J. Landry (1996)
"Fifteen were prescribed naltrexone for 2 months, and 16 were provided with placebo for the same period. The patients were followed for 1 year. ..."

7. Value of Psychiatric Treatment: Its Efficacy in Severe Mental Disorders edited by Samuel J. Keith (1996)
"placebo-Controlled Trials of Drug Therapy for OCD - Adults. ... 1987 239 Clomipramine vs. placebo 281 Clomipramine vs. placebo 32 Clomipramine vs. placebo ..."

8. Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"placebo Response Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, twenty- fifth ... Although the placebo response is perhaps the most widely known example of ..."

9. A Supplementary English Glossary by Thomas Lewis Owen Davies (1881)
"placebo. To be at the school of placebo = to be time-serving : the usual phrase is "to ... placebo." See N. sv — A'noj-, Gaily Letter, 1544 (. ..."

10. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"And in stead of giuing Free Counsell SING him a Song of placebo. 1819. ... temporary effects of such a placebo hypodermically administered. 1892. ..."

11. Political, Religious, and Love Poems: From the Archbishop of Canterbury's by Frederick James Furnivall, William Michael Rossetti, Lambeth Palace Library, British Museum (1866)
"... for lake napes sowie, placebo and dirige. who shall execute ' ye fest of ... sowie placebo & dirige. ..."

12. Customary of the Benedictine Monasteries of Saint Augustine, Canterbury, and by Edward Maunde Thompson, Richard de Ware, Westminster Abbey, Gonville and Caius College Library (1902)
"... placebo," et " Dirige," et specialiter cum ... Hoc observato, quod "placebo" et "Dirige" de ipso anniversario nullatenus in conventu dicatur, ..."

13. Overview of Addiction Treatment Effectiveness by Mim J. Landry (1996)
"Fifteen were prescribed naltrexone for 2 months, and 16 were provided with placebo for the same period. The patients were followed for 1 year. ..."

14. Value of Psychiatric Treatment: Its Efficacy in Severe Mental Disorders edited by Samuel J. Keith (1996)
"placebo-Controlled Trials of Drug Therapy for OCD - Adults. ... 1987 239 Clomipramine vs. placebo 281 Clomipramine vs. placebo 32 Clomipramine vs. placebo ..."

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