sickle cell
noun Date: circa 1923 an abnormal red blood cell of crescent shape

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  • sickle cell — n 1) an abnormal red blood cell of crescent shape 2) a condition characterized by sickle cells: SICKLE CELL ANEMIA, SICKLE CELL TRAIT * * * see drepanocyte * * * an erythrocyte shaped like a sickle or crescent owing to the presence of …   Medical dictionary

  • sickle cell — /ˈsɪkəl sɛl/ (say sikuhl sel) noun a cell containing a mutant gene which affects the blood of humans, usually black Africans or people of African descent, and which is thought to offer resistance to malaria. –sickle cell, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • sickle cell — sick′le cell n. mcr an elongated, often sickle shaped red blood cell, caused by defective hemoglobin • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • sickle cell — Pathol. an abnormal red blood cell having an elongated, crescentlike shape due to the presence of an abnormal hemoglobin. [1925 30; so called from the fact that the cells are often sickle shaped] * * * …   Universalium

  • sickle cell — noun an abnormal red blood cell that has a crescent shape and an abnormal form of hemoglobin • Hypernyms: ↑red blood cell, ↑RBC, ↑erythrocyte …   Useful english dictionary

  • sickle cell — drepanocyte …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • sickle-cell disease — n SICKLE CELL ANEMIA * * * a hereditary blood disease that mainly affects people of African ancestry but also occurs in the Mediterranean region and reaches high frequencies in parts of Saudi Arabia and India. It occurs when the sickle cell gene… …   Medical dictionary

  • sickle cell anemia disease — ☆ sickle cell anemia disease n. an inherited chronic anemia found chiefly among blacks, characterized by an abnormal red blood cell (sickle cell) containing a defective form of hemoglobin that causes the cell to become sickle shaped when deprived …   Universalium

  • sickle cell anemia disease — ☆ sickle cell anemia disease n. an inherited chronic anemia found chiefly among blacks, characterized by an abnormal red blood cell (sickle cell) containing a defective form of hemoglobin that causes the cell to become sickle shaped when deprived …   English World dictionary

  • sickle-cell anaemia — sickle cell a naemia BrE sickle cell anemia AmE n [U] a serious illness that mainly affects black people, in which the blood cells change shape, causing weakness and fever …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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