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false positive

Pronunciation: fawls poz'i-tiv


  1. A test result that erroneously assigns a patient to a specific diagnostic or reference group, due particularly to insufficiently exact methods of testing.
  2. A patient whose test results include that person in a particular diagnostic group to which the person may not truly belong.
  3. Term commonly used to denote a false-positive result.
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