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placebonoun [C]

uk   /pləˈsiː.bəʊ/  us   /-boʊ/ (plural placebos)
a substance given to someone who is told that it is a particular medicine, either to make that person feel as if they are getting better or to compare the effect of the particular medicine 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 small concessions have been made as a placebo to stop the workers making further demands.
Translations of “placebo”
in Chinese (Traditional) 安慰劑, 使人寬慰的事, 安撫話…
in Chinese (Simplified) 安慰剂, 使人宽慰的事, 安抚话…
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