false positive


General Science

  • noun the result of a medical, chemical, or biological test that appears to be positive but is in fact erroneous

Health Economics

  • (written as False Positive)
    A test result indicating that a disease-free individual is diseased.

Human Resources

  • noun the inclusion of an unsuitable candidate by a screening process

Information & Library Science

  • noun an instance of a search program or database mistakenly returning something that is unrelated to the search term


  • noun an incorrect result occurring when data about a person is matched against a checklist