blood cell


Definition of blood cell

: a cell normally present in blood

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The origins of this illness are often mysterious, but in its typical form the spaces where young blood cells are supposed to be formed gradually fill up with globules of white fat. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 The signals are different for male and female embryos, likely because males develop slightly faster and form certain blood cells sooner. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter," 14 Aug. 2019 The chemotherapy that follows carries its own risks and potential side effects, like loss of fertility and myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of blood cell cancer. Michael Nedelman And Minali Nigam, CNN, "Trial underway in US uses CRISPR gene-editing in people with severe sickle cell disease," 30 July 2019 Exact Sciences, based in Madison, has developed a non-invasive test that analyzes stool samples for blood cells and DNA associated with colon cancer and precancerous growths. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Exact Sciences to buy company with diagnostic test for breast cancer for $2.8 billion," 29 July 2019 Jones was donating what’s known as platelets, tiny blood cells the body creates to clot and stop bleeding. Christopher Harress |, al, "Mobile in need as national blood shortage ‘worst’ in 15 years," 25 July 2019 Moreover, those divisions were asymmetric: Each stem cell produced not only a copy of itself but also a daughter cell fated to become a specific type of blood cell. Quanta Magazine, "To Heal Some Wounds, Adult Cells Turn More Fetal," 29 Aug. 2018 And sickle cell does not recur in patients who get bone marrow transplants that allow them to make healthy blood cells—which is currently the only way to cure the disease but is available to only a small minority of people. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Despite Controversy, Human Studies of CRISPR Move Forward in the U.S.," 13 Aug. 2019 The marrow produces blood cells, which need regular replenishing, and Nancy’s was rapidly shutting down. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blood cell

: a cell that is normally present in blood

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Medical Definition of blood cell

: a cell or platelet normally present in blood — see red blood cell, white blood cell

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