false-positive


false-positive

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.
    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

  1. pertaining to or being a false-positive: The test has a false-positive rate of 4%.

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