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Synonyms for placebo
pləˈsi boʊ for 1; plɑˈtʃeɪ boʊ for 2place·bo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. placebonoun

    an innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier or to the control group in experiments on the efficacy of a drug

  2. placebonoun

    (Roman Catholic Church) vespers of the office for the dead

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  1. List of paraphrases for "placebo":

    placebos, cream


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Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. placebo

    Sugar pill

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  1. Christopher Plowe:

    Medical history has so many examples of treatments that people had good experiences with, and people got better, and they had great confidence in the treatment, and years later when a randomized trial was done, it turned out no better than placebo.

  2. Giulio Romeo:

    The difference between the groups of patients was significant, blood glucose levels of people on cinnamon would not go as high as the participants on placebo after meals and also would return to baseline much faster.

  3. Michael Bloomfield:

    Larger research studies are needed which include a placebo group and can tease out which specific parts of the psychotherapy the MDMA may be helping with.

  4. Kathryn Hall:

    We are still in the early stages of using genetic screening for the placebo response in clinical trials, and as our knowledge of personalized medicine evolves it makes sense that we also consider how the placebo effect fits into treatment response.

  5. Andy Carr:

    It is difficult to support or justify a procedure with the potential for serious harm, even if it is rare, when that procedure offers patients no more benefit than placebo.

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