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Word of the Day 04/21/21 Placebo

Placebo (noun)
placebo [ pluh-see-boh for 1; plah-chey-boh for 2 ]


noun, plural pla·ce·bos, pla·ce·boes.
1. Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology.
a. a substance having no pharmacological effect but given merely to satisfy a patient who supposes it to be a medicine.
b. a substance having no pharmacological effect but administered as a control in testing experimentally or clinically the efficacy of a biologically active preparation.

Compare nocebo (def. 1).

2. Roman Catholic Church. the vespers of the office for the dead: so called from the initial word of the first antiphon, taken from Psalm 114:9 of the Vulgate.

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Origin: 1175–1225 for def. 2; 1775–85 for def. 1; Middle English
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<b>Placebo</b> <i>(noun)
placebo [ pluh-see-boh for 1; plah-chey-boh for 2 ]</i>

<b>noun, <i>plural pla·ce·bos, pla·ce·boes.</b></i>
1. <i>Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology.</i>
a. a substance having no pharmacological effect but given merely to satisfy a patient who supposes it to be a medicine.
b. a substance having no pharmacological effect but administered as a control in testing experimentally or clinically the efficacy of a biologically active preparation.

Compare <a href="https://www.dictionary.com/browse/nocebo" target="_blank">nocebo (def. 1)</a>.

2. <i>Roman Catholic Church.</i> the vespers of the office for the dead: so called from the initial word of the first antiphon, taken from Psalm 114:9 of the Vulgate.

<i><a href="https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/placebo" target="_blank">See synonyms for placebo on Thesaurus.com</a></i>

<b>Origin:</b> 1175–1225 for def. 2; 1775–85 for def. 1; Middle English <Latin placēbō “I shall be pleasing, acceptable”

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