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Definition 1: any adverse and unwanted secondary effect - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where side effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a strategy to contain the fallout from the accounting scandal

Synonyms for side effect in the sense of this definition

(side effect is a kind of ...) a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

"the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise" "his decision had depressing consequences for business" "he acted very wise after the event"

Definition 2: a secondary and usually adverse effect of a drug or therapy - [noun denoting state]

Samples where side effect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • severe headaches are one of the side effects of the drug

(side effect is a kind of ...) a symptom caused by an illness or a drug

"the effects of sleep loss" "the effect of the anesthetic"

(... is a kind of side effect ) a benign side effect of some antibiotics; dark overgrowth of the papillae of the tongue

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