- 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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- 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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