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false negative Line breaks: false nega|tive

Definition of false negative in English:

noun

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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