A test result which wrongly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is absent: it’s possible to have a false negative—the test says you aren’t pregnant when you are [as modifier]: premature assessments may give false negative results
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- In terms of misclassifications, false positives were more prevalent than false negatives.
- First, he says, the test can give false negative or positive readings, requiring additional tests for verification.
- False negatives could have bigger consequences than false positives.
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