Definition of placebo effect in English:

placebo effect

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noun

  • A beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment: orthodox doctors dismiss the positive results as a result of the placebo effect
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    • This raises the question of whether treatment causes a placebo effect, perhaps because of the extra time spent with patients.
    • The incidence also explains the powerful placebo effect of some treatments.
    • This may be attributed to a high placebo effect and the large number of poorly controlled trials in women without a pretrial diagnosis of premenstrual syndrome.

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