Medical Definition of Error, beta

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Error, beta: 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.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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