sickle cell


Definition of sickle cell

: an abnormal red blood cell of crescent shape

Examples of sickle cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their exceptional leadership and grassroots efforts are actively combating the stigma of sickle cell disease across the country. Wunmi Bakare, Essence, 17 June 2022 The legislation will allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis products for chronic pain, nausea and weight loss caused by cancer and HIV, depression, seizures, PTSD, sickle cell, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases and symptoms. Mike Cason |, al, 29 Dec. 2021 Blood donors who are Black play a critical role in helping patients battling sickle cell disease receive the most compatible blood match. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 After years of vetting, the US Food and Drug Administration approved CRISPR-Cas-9 in 2021 for use in human clinical trials for sickle cell disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 31 May 2022 In his native Ghana, Dr. Ohene-Frempong established a pilot program to provide screening for sickle cell disease among newborns in the southern city of Kumasi. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 19 May 2022 Targeting five life-threatening diseases in its pipeline, including a candidate for sickle cell disease treatment. Randy Watts, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Tiarra Renee Brown-Lewis had been prescribed OxyContin for sickle cell disease pain, the mother said. CBS News, 11 Mar. 2022 If that works, sickle cell treatment could be greatly expanded in countries where the condition is widespread. Drew Weissman, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sickle cell

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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Medical Definition of sickle cell

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


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