sickle cell


: an abnormal red blood cell of crescent shape

Examples of sickle cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of Black children with sickle cell disease struggle to access benefits In: Missouri Aliza Chasan Aliza Chasan is a digital producer at 60 Minutes and Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 26 Dec. 2023 Both Black sickle cell patients and doctors are optimistic about the treatment, which would eliminate the need for bone marrow transplants to cure the disease. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Dec. 2023 In the 12 months following that paper, scientists have listened to the close encounters between supermassive black holes, demonstrated the power of new weight loss drugs and brought to market life-changing gene therapies for sickle cell disease. F.d. Flam, Twin Cities, 2 Jan. 2024 In patients with sickle cell disease, there's a single, small mutation in the gene that encodes hemoglobin. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 Neighboring states list additional eligible conditions, including Parkinson's disease, severe autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, sickle cell disease, anorexia, migraines and lupus. Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 This new therapy was developed by Crispr Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals to treat sickle cell disease, an ailment caused by a single-letter mutation in the genetic code that has been long understood but was neglected by the research community for decades. Jennifer Doudna, WIRED, 8 Jan. 2024 Pfizer bought Global Blood Therapeutics, which current BIO Board Chair Ted Love led to the approval of a drug to treat sickle cell disease, in 2022. Rachel Cohrs Reprints, STAT, 4 Jan. 2024 The patients will still have sickle cell disease on the other side of the intervention. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 29 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sickle cell was circa 1923

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“Sickle cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sickle cell

: an abnormal red blood cell that is crescent-shaped

Medical Definition

sickle cell

: an abnormal rigid, sticky red blood cell of crescent shape
: a condition characterized by sickle cells : sickle cell anemia, sickle-cell trait
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