side effect

noun
1.
any effect of a drug, chemical, or other medicine that is in addition to its intended effect, especially an effect that is harmful or unpleasant.
2.
any accompanying or consequential and usually detrimental effect: the side effects of air pollution.
Also, side-effect.


Origin:
1880–85

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side effect
 
n
1.  Compare aftereffect any unwanted nontherapeutic effect caused by a drug
2.  any secondary effect, esp an undesirable one

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side effect n.
A peripheral or secondary effect, especially an undesirable secondary effect of a drug or therapeutic regimen.

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Example sentences
But nearly all failed because of the difficulties of getting a working gene
  into cells without also causing harmful side effects.
There were some side effects to the development of our skull position.
Half of those who participated in the poll expressed concern about possible
  side effects.
The side effects of unrestrained credit growth turned out to be devastating.
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