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.

Nearby words

  1. false vocal cords,
  2. false waters,
  3. false-card,
  4. false-hearted,
  5. false-memory syndrome,
  6. false-negative reaction,
  7. false-positive,
  8. false-positive reaction,
  9. false-start,
  10. falsehood

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