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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A substance producing harmful effects in someone because it is believed to be harmful, but which in reality is harmless.
[From Latin nocebo (I will harm), from nocere (to harm). Modeled after placebo (I will please).]
"Both groups who received nocebos showed elevated levels of the stress
hormone cortisol in their blood."
I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone. -Dwight D. Eisenhower, US general and 34th president (1890-1969)
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