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Active placebo

Definition of the noun active placebo

What does active placebo mean as a name of something?


  1. a placebo used in experimental tests of a drug that has noticeable side effects
    • example: an active placebo mimics the side effects of the experimental drug
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: placebo = an innocuous or inert medication

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Google previewEncyclopedia of the Mind (2013)

by Harold Pashler

An active placebo is an active substance that can produce side effects but that should have no physical effect on the condition being treated. The purpose of using an active placebo is to prevent patients from breaking blind. Breaking blind ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

See Life expectancy active metabolite Therapeutics A drug metabolite with therapeutic activity similar to the parent compound, which must be considered in therapeutic pharmacokinetics active placebo Statistics A placebo with side effects ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Clinical Psychology Set (2015)

by Robin L. Cautin, Scott O. Lilienfeld

An active placebo generates side effects similar to the antidepressant under investigation but without a pharmacological effect suggestive of antidepressant activity. Whereas approximately 75% of published antidepressant trials show ...

Google previewLexicon of Psychiatry, Neurology, and the Neurosciences (2000)

by Frank J. Ayd

active placebo Acoustic ...

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