false negative

Definition of false negative

:an incorrect indication that something is not present when it really is
  • There is a high rate of false negatives when testing for this disease.

Word by Word Definitions

false play
  1. : not genuine

  2. : intentionally untrue

  3. : adjusted or made so as to deceive

  1. : in a false or faithless manner : treacherously

negative play
  1. : marked by denial, prohibition, or refusal

  2. : denying a predicate (see 1predicate 1a) of a subject or a part of a subject

  3. : denoting the absence or the contradictory of something

  1. : a reply that indicates the withholding of assent : refusal

  2. : a right of veto

  3. : an adverse vote : veto

  1. : to refuse assent to

  2. : to reject by or as if by a vote

  3. : to demonstrate the falsity of


Medical Dictionary

false-negative

adjective
variants: or false negative

medical Definition of false-negative

:relating to or being a test or an individual that is erroneously classified in a negative category (as of diagnosis) because of imperfect testing methods or procedures
  • … any false-negative smears would again underestimate the prevalence of abnormal test results.
  • —Jeanne Mandelblatt et al.The Journal of the American Medical Association18 July 1986
— compare false-positive

false negative

noun

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