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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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