1) N-COUNT: usu pl The side-effects of a drug are the effects, usually bad ones, that the drug has on you in addition to its function of curing illness or pain.

The treatment has a whole host of extremely unpleasant side-effects including weight gain, acne, skin rashes and headaches...

Most patients suffer no side-effects.

2) N-COUNT: usu N of n/-ing A side-effect of a situation is something unplanned and usually unpleasant that happens in addition to the main effects of that situation.

One side effect of modern life is stress...

In Eastern Europe, one of the side effects of freedom appears to be crime.

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