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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

positive test result  listen  (PAH-zih-tiv ... reh-ZULT)

  A test result that shows that a person has the disease, condition, or biomarker for which the test is being done. A positive test result usually means that the test result is not normal. More testing may be needed to make a diagnosis or to make sure a positive test result is correct.