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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- false-memory syndrome,
- false-negative reaction,
- false-positive reaction,
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