[ fawls-neg-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈfɔlsˈnɛg ə tɪv /
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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.



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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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Medical definitions for false-negative

false negative


A negative test result when the attribute for which the subject is being tested actually exists in that subject.
false-nega•tive adj.
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