false-positive test result

A test result that indicates that a person has a specific disease or condition when the person actually does not have the disease or condition.

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  • false-positive — adj relating to or being an individual or a test result that is erroneously classified in a positive category (as of diagnosis) because of imperfect testing methods or procedures <a false positive pregnancy test> compare false negative… …   Medical dictionary

  • false positive — false positives N COUNT: oft N n A false positive is a mistaken result of a scientific test. For example, if the result of a pregnancy test is a false positive, it indicates that a woman is pregnant when she is not. ...a high rate of false… …   English dictionary

  • false positive — false positive/negative/ phrase an incorrect result of a scientific test One of the biggest complaints about current tests is that they give false positive results. Thesaurus: scientific research and relating to scientific researchhyponym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • False positive paradox — The false positive paradox is a situation where the incidence of a condition is lower than the false positive rate of a test and therefore when the test shows that a condition exists, it is probable that the result is a false positive. If there… …   Wikipedia

  • False positive — A result that is erroneously positive when a situation is normal. An example of a false positive: a particular test designed to detect cancer of the toenail is positive but the person does not have toenail cancer. * * * 1. A test result that… …   Medical dictionary

  • false positive — noun a) A result of a test that shows as present something that is absent. A false positive from a cancer screening test will unnecessarily frighten a healthy person, a false negative will deprive them of timely treatment. b) type I error A false …   Wiktionary

  • false-positive — ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷( ̷ ̷) ̷ ̷ noun : an individual under test whose laboratory data or scores classify him especially because of imperfection or hypersensitivity of the method in a reference group or diagnostic category he does not belong in * * * /fawls… …   Useful english dictionary

  • false-positive — /fawls poz i tiv/, n. a test result that is incorrect because the test indicated a condition or finding that does not exist. Cf. false negative. * * * …   Universalium

  • biologic false-positive — n a positive serological reaction for syphilis given by blood of a person who does not have syphilis * * * (BFP) a false positive result on a serologic test. Acute BFP is usually associated with an infectious disease such as bacterial pneumonia,… …   Medical dictionary

  • false-negative — adj relating to or being an individual or a test result that is erroneously classified in a negative category (as of diagnosis) because of imperfect testing methods or procedures compare FALSE POSITIVE false negative n * * * false neg·a·tive… …   Medical dictionary


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