sickle cell trait

noun Pathology.

the usually asymptomatic hereditary condition that occurs when a person inherits from only one parent the abnormal hemoglobin gene characteristic of sickle cell anemia.

Nearby words

  1. sickle cell c disease,
  2. sickle cell disease,
  3. sickle cell hemoglobin,
  4. sickle cell retinopathy,
  5. sickle cell syndrome,
  6. sickle cell-thalassemia disease,
  7. sickle feather,
  8. sickle medick,
  9. sickle-cell anaemia,
  10. sickle-cell test

Origin of sickle cell trait

First recorded in 1925–30

Also called sicklemia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for sickle cell trait

sickle cell trait


A hereditary condition, usually harmless and without symptoms, in which an individual carries only one gene for sickle cell anemia.

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