Definition of nocebo in English:

nocebo

Syllabification: no·ce·bo
Pronunciation: /nəˈsēbō
 
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noun (plural nocebos)

  • A detrimental effect on health produced by psychological or psychosomatic factors such as negative expectations of treatment or prognosis.
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    • Because of ethical concerns, nocebos are not commonly used in medical practice or research.
    • Section Four, ‘Essays and Commentaries,’ examines aromatherapy and essential oils and homeopathy, the placebo effect, and herbs as a token and nocebos.
    • It is also worth noting that the placebo has a negative counterpart - called a nocebo.

Origin

1960s: from Latin, literally 'I shall cause harm', from nocere, 'to harm', on the pattern of placebo.

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