metabisulfite test

[ mĕt′ə-bī-sŭlfīt′ ]


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.

Nearby words

  1. meta-,
  2. meta-dichlorobenzene,
  3. meta-ethics,
  4. metabasis,
  5. metabiosis,
  6. metabolic,
  7. metabolic acidosis,
  8. metabolic alkalosis,
  9. metabolic coma,
  10. metabolic craniopathy

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