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placebo
(n)
plǝ-SEE-bo
Meaning

harmless, ineffective pill used in drug tests, which is given to a number of participants in the test instead of the real drug in order to provide a clinical contrast to the effects of the drug

1st Sample Sentence

In many clinical trials, antidepressant medications have been found to be less effective than a placebo.

Root

placere (to please) (Latin)

Mnemonics

split it like this PLACE-it takes the place of the actual substance. and BOgus. it doesn't do what the actual pill does. Thus PLACEBO is a bogus harmless pill which takes the place of the original.

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