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Definition of False positive

False positive: A result that indicates that a given condition is present when it is not. An example of a false positive would be if a particular test designed to detect cancer returns a positive result but the person does not have 'cancer.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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