noun Also false positive.

  1. a test result that is incorrect because the test indicated a condition or finding that does not exist: a false-positive for syphilis.
  2. a person who receives this test result.
  1. 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.
  2. 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%.

Nearby words

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

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