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false-positive

[fawls-poz-i-tiv] /ˈfɔlsˈpɒz ɪ tɪv/
noun, Also, false positive
1.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. a test result that is incorrect because the test indicated a condition or finding that does not exist:
    a false-positive for syphilis.
  2. a person who receives this test result.
2.
  1. any screening test result that incorrectly detected or classified a person or thing:
    A false-positive at the airport could cause you to miss your flight.
  2. a person or thing identified by such a test.
adjective
3.
pertaining to or being a false-positive:
The test has a false-positive rate of 4%.
Compare false-negative.
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  • false-positive results are common with some testing methods.
Contemporary definitions for false-positive
noun, adjective

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