The first antiphon of the vespers for the dead.
- A substance containing no medication and prescribed or given to reinforce a patient's expectation to get well.
- An inactive substance or preparation used as a control in an experiment or test to determine the effectiveness of a medicinal drug.
- Something of no intrinsic remedial value that is used to appease or reassure another.
- Roman Catholic Church The service or office of vespers for the dead.