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false-negative

[fawls-neg-uh-tiv] /ˈfɔlsˈnɛg ə tɪv/
noun, Also, false negative
1.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. a test result that is incorrect because the test failed to recognize an existing condition or finding.
  2. a person who receives this test result.
2.
  1. any screening test result that failed to detect a person or thing being sought:
    Let's hope the new body scanner doesn't give us any false-negatives.
  2. a person or thing that is missed by such a test:
    Retrain your spam filter if you’re getting too many false-negatives in your inbox.
adjective
3.
pertaining to or being a false-negative.
Compare false-positive.
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Examples from the web for false-negative
  • There can be false-positive and false-negative results.
  • false-negative results can theoretically occur as a consequence of antibiotic usage or chronic infection.
Contemporary definitions for false-negative
noun, adjective

See false negative

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