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False Negative Rate

  1. Stephen D. Walter

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a04019

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

How to Cite

Walter, S. D. 2005. False Negative Rate. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 3.

Author Information

  1. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


The false negative rate of a diagnostic or screening test is defined as the complement of sensitivity. Its appropriate denominator is specified.


  • diagnostic test;
  • screening;
  • sensitivity