Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > False-Negative Test Result
A false-negative test result is one that does not detect what is
being tested even though it is present. A false-negative test result may thus
suggest that a person does not have a disease or condition being tested for
when in fact he or she does.
For example, a false-negative pregnancy test result would be one
that does not detect the substance (human chorionic gonadotropin) that would
confirm pregnancy, when in reality the woman is pregnant.
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.