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placebo effect

 
Noun placebo effect has 1 sense
  1. placebo effect - any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs
    --1 is a kind of
    consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot
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