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sickle cell

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noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormal red blood cell having an elongated, crescentlike shape due to the presence of an abnormal hemoglobin.

Origin of sickle cell

First recorded in 1925–30; so called from the fact that the cells are often sickle-shaped
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  • Inherited blood disorders such as sickle-cell anemia can also lead to anemia.

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sickle cell in Medicine

sickle cell

n.
  1. An abnormal, crescent-shaped red blood cell that results from a single change in the amino acid sequence of the cell's hemoglobin, which causes the cell to contort, especially under low-oxygen conditions.drepanocyte meniscocyte
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