Medical Definition of Beta error

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Beta error: The statistical error (said to be 'of the second kind,' or type II) that is made in testing when it is concluded that something is negative when it really is positive. Also known as false negative.

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Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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