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[fawls-neg-uh-tiv] /ˈfɔlsˈnɛg ə tɪv/
noun, Also, false negative
  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.
  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.
pertaining to or being a false-negative.
Compare false-positive. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for false negative

false negative

a result in a medical test that wrongly indicates the absence of the condition being tested for
a person from whom such a result is obtained
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Contemporary definitions for false negative
noun, adjective

a test result that is read as negative but actually is positive, a test that shows no evidence of a disease when it is actually present; also written false-negative

noun, adjective's 21st Century Lexicon
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false negative in Medicine

false negative n.
A negative test result when the attribute for which the subject is being tested actually exists in that subject.

false'-neg'a·tive adj.
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