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metabisulfite test

(mĕt′ə-bī-sŭlfīt′)
n.
  1. A test for sickle-cell hemoglobin in which red blood cells are deoxygenated by the addition of sodium metabisulfite and the cells containing the defective hemoglobin assume a sickle shape.
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