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Vocabulary Term Details

Side effects

Definition (

In medicine, a side effect is an effect, whether therapeutic or adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is predominantly employed to describe adverse effects, it can also apply to beneficial, but unintended, consequences of the use of a drug. (Wikipedia)

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Medicinal properties

This term is used for the following terms: 
Adverse drug reactions
Nontarget effects
Secondary effects
Undesirable drug reactions

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