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placebonoun [C]

uk   /pləˈsiː.bəʊ/  us   /pləˈsiː.boʊ/ (plural placebos)
a ​substance given to someone who is told that it is a ​particularmedicine, either to make that ​personfeel as if they are getting ​better or to ​compare the ​effect of the ​particularmedicine when given to ​others: She was only given a placebo, but she ​claimed she got ​better - that's the placebo effect.
something that is given to ​try to ​satisfy a ​person who has not been given the thing they really ​want: These ​smallconcessions have been made as a placebo to ​stop the ​workers making ​furtherdemands.
(Definition of placebo from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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placebonoun [C]

 us   /pləˈsi·boʊ/ (plural placebos)
a ​substance that is not ​medicine, but that is given to someone who is told that it is a ​medicine, used to ​test the ​effect of a ​drug or to ​please a ​patient
(Definition of placebo from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “placebo”
in Chinese (Simplified) 安慰剂, 使人宽慰的事, 安抚话…
in Chinese (Traditional) 安慰劑, 使人寬慰的事, 安撫話…
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