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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
1880-1885
1880-85
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Examples for side effect
  • Furthermore, the satellite measurements have helped flag a worrying side effect of excessive groundwater extraction.
  • Germ theory, which secularized infectious disease, had a side effect: it sacralized epidemiology.
  • In fact, such image correction is merely a side effect of what is genuinely different about the technology.
  • The side effect is that whatever is on the oven floor cooks extremely quickly.
  • These creatures had not died as a side effect of agriculture.
  • Ala, one little side effect could be that all the bio living things could become its food source for its perpetuation.
  • The side effect is that if the original poster keeps posting that the bot will also keep posting.
  • One unfortunate side effect of this system is that if you find a new weapon while adventuring, you have no choice but to equip it.
  • The side effect of the process is that the coil expands and explodes violently inside the chamber.
  • Curbing the excesses of wealth, then, will be a side effect of regulations designed to make capitalism work better.
British Dictionary definitions for side effect

side effect

noun
1.
any unwanted nontherapeutic effect caused by a drug Compare aftereffect (sense 2)
2.
any secondary effect, esp an undesirable one
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Word Origin and History for side effect
n.

also side-effect, 1884, from side (adj.) + effect (n.). Medical use, with reference to drugs, is recorded from 1939.

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side effect in Medicine

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

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