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nocebo effect


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Ill-health, or a feeling of ill-health, caused by an expectation of harm or injury from a substance or treatment that, without the expectation, would be harmless, an extreme example being voodoo death. The term was introduced in the 1990s as a counterpart of the placebo effect. See also Baskerville effect, self-fulfilling prophecy. [From Latin nocebo I shall harm, from nocere to harm]

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