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Atatürk
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 6:54:42 AM

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Placebos are treatments that have no direct effect on the body, yet still work because the patient has faith in their power to heal. Most often the term refers to a dummy pill, but it applies just as much to any device or procedure, from a sticking plaster to a crystal to an operation.


What does "crystal" mean in the above?

Romany
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 7:09:11 AM
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There's only one meaning for the word 'crystal' so it always means the same thing wherever it's used.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 7:26:10 AM

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Crystal has quite a few definitions, but the one your sentence is using is the following, I believe. From TFD:

9. a piece of crystalline material thought to have or confer any of various special powers: healing crystals.


Some people hang crystals in their homes because they believe it brings them good luck, or has some special powers to heal.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 7:28:11 AM

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Romany wrote:

There's only one meaning for the word 'crystal' so it always means the same thing wherever it's used.


Actually Rom is more than one I can think of.
Crystal a solid formed of an arrangement of atoms and molecules in a particular structure such a a salt crystal, quartz or calcite.
Crystal is also sometimes used to describe fine cut glass like decanters and glasses, which look like a crystal but being made of glass are amorphous solids.

But in this case as I suspect you meant to say crystal refers to the first solids of a particular composition arranged in a certain structure, some people believe that have special healing properties which is “mostly” bunk.
“Mostly”, some crystals like iodine are antiseptics.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 7:33:56 AM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
Romany wrote:

There's only one meaning for the word 'crystal' so it always means the same thing wherever it's used.


Actually Rom is more than one I can think of.
Crystal a solid formed of an arrangement of atoms and molecules in a particular structure such a a salt crystal, quartz or calcite.
Crystal is also sometimes used to describe fine cut glass like decanters and glasses, which look like a crystal but being made of glass are amorphous solids.

But in this case as I suspect you meant to say crystal refers to the first solids of a particular composition arranged in a certain structure, some people believe that have special healing properties which is “mostly” bunk.
“Mostly”, some crystals like iodine are antiseptics.



Indeed, there are many definitions of crystal.
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