side effect

side (sId)

One of the two lateral margins or surfaces of a body, midway between the front and back. [A.S. sIde]
balancing dentistry, the nonfunctioning s. from which the mandible moves during the working bite.
working dentistry, the lateral segment of a dentition toward which the mandible is moved during occlusal function.

side effect

A result of drug or other therapy in addition to or in extension of the desired therapeutic effect; usually but not necessarily, connoting an undesirable effect. Although technically the therapeutic effect carried beyond the desired limit (e.g., a hemorrhage from an anticoagulant) is a s.e., the term more often refers to pharmacologic results of therapy unrelated to the usual objective (e.g., a development of signs of Cushing's syndrome with steroid therapy).


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