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false positive

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Definition of false positive in English:

noun

A test result which wrongly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is present: stress testing, a routine diagnostic tool used in detecting heart disease, results in a significant number of false positives in women [as modifier]: the computer-aided system may return false positive results
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  • An abnormal result, whether it's a false positive or true positive, generally leads to additional testing, and it's the additional tests that could have some risk.
  • False positives can lead to additional, more invasive tests including coronary angiography.
  • False positive rates on breast / prostate screenings dictate that we're spending money treating people who aren't sick.

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