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false negative

Pronunciation: fawls neg'a-tiv


  1. A test result that erroneously excludes someone from a specific diagnostic or reference group.
  2. A patient whose test results exclude that person from a particular diagnostic group to which the person ought truly belong.
  3. Term commonly used to denote a false-negative result.

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