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Medical Term:

sensitivity

Pronunciation: sen'si-tiv'i-te

Definition

  1. The ability to appreciate by one or more of the senses.
  2. State of being sensitive.
  3. In clinical pathology and medical screening, the proportion of affected patients who give a positive test result for the disease that the test is intended to reveal, true-positive results divided by total true-positive and false-negative results, usually expressed as a percentage.

Synonym(s): esthesia2

[L. sentio, pp. sensus, to feel]

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