[ fawls-poz-i-tiv ]
/ ˈfɔlsˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /
noun Also false positive.
- a test result that is incorrect because the test indicated a condition or finding that does not exist: a false-positive for syphilis.
- a person who receives this test result.
- 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.
- a person or thing identified by such a test.
pertaining to or being a false-positive: The test has a false-positive rate of 4%.
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British Dictionary definitions for false positive
a result in a medical test that wrongly indicates the presence of the condition being tested for
a person from whom such a result is obtained
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Medicine definitions for false positive
A positive test result in a subject that does not possess the attribute for which the test is being conducted.
Related formsfalse′-pos•i•tive adj.
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