false-positive

[fawls-poz-i-tiv]
noun Also, false positive.
1.
Medicine/Medical.
a.
a test result that is incorrect because the test indicated a condition or finding that does not exist: a false-positive for syphilis.
b.
a person who receives this test result.
2.
a.
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.
b.
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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