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Definition of Negative, false

Negative, false: A result that appears negative when it should not. An example of a false negative would be if a particular test designed to detect cancer returns a negative result but the person actually does have cancer.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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