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false positive test result (duplicate)

— For tests, a false positive test result occurs when the index test result is positive, while the reference standard test is negative

Full explanation:

In a study of diagnostic test accuracy, a false positive test result means that the test being evaluated (the index test) incorrectly indicated that a participant had the target condition when, based on the reference standard test result, that person actually did not have the condition.

See also:

false negative test  ·  true negative test  ·  true positive test

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