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.

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“False negative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20negative. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of false negative

: a test result or an individual that is erroneously classified in a negative category (as of diagnosis) because of imperfect testing methods or procedures ''The addition of the lateral chest radiograph to the frontal view did not improve the diagnostic accuracy of pediatric emergency physicians,'' he [Dr. Lynch] concluded, ''and it may also increase the percentage of false negatives.''— Terry Murray, Medical Post Previous studies of sentinel nodes have revealed some false negatives (i.e., women with a normal sentinel node who nonetheless had other axillary node metastases revealed on total dissection).— Bill Zepf, American Family Physician … testing for heterophile antibodies was negative, but false negative results are well recognized.— Lindley A. Barbee et al., The New England Journal of Medicine often hyphenated when used before another noun false-negative results… any false-negative smears would again underestimate the prevalence of abnormal test results.— Jeanne Mandelblatt et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association — compare false positive


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