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side effectnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsaɪd ɪˌfekt/  us   /ˈsaɪd ɪˌfekt/
C1 an unpleasant effect of a drug that happens in addition to the main effect: Does this drug have any side effects?
C2 an unexpected result of a situation: A side effect of the new law is that fewer people will take out insurance.

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side effectnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈsɑɪd ɪˌfekt/
an unwanted or unexpected result or condition that comes along with the desired effects of something: Does this drug have any side effects?
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