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Noun: placebo (placebos)  plu'see-bow
  1. An innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier or to the control group in experiments on the efficacy of a drug
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) vespers of the office for the dead
  3. Anything of no direct medical benefit which nevertheless makes people feel better or benefit psychologically

Derived forms: placebos

Type of: medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, vesper

Encyclopedia: Placebo