To sing placebo
Placebo Pla*ce"bo, n. [L., I shall please, fut. of placere to please.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) The first antiphon of the vespers for the dead. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) A prescription with no pharmacological activity given to a patient to humor or satisfy the desire for medical treatment. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) a dose of a compound having no pharmacological activity given to a subject in a medical experiment as part of a control experiment in a test of the effectiveness of another, active pharmacological agent. [PJC]

{To sing placebo}, to agree with one in his opinion; to be complaisant to. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


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