sickle cell


Definition of sickle cell

: an abnormal red blood cell of crescent shape

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Recent Examples on the Web The donation will also support patient care and a community navigator for families affected by sickle cell disease, which affects nearly 1 out of every 400 Black infants. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwestern Mutual pledges $5 million to Children's Wisconsin cancer center," 27 Feb. 2021 Those conditions include asthma, chronic lung diseases, congenital heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, HIV, sickle cell disease, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Washington Post, "D.C. vaccine registrations freeze up, then fill up on first day for residents with underlying conditions," 25 Feb. 2021 Conditions like chronic lung, kidney or heart problems; diabetes; high blood pressure; and sickle cell disease could worsen the effects of coronavirus. Katia Hetter, CNN, "I'm pregnant... should I get the Covid-19 vaccine?," 25 Feb. 2021 These conditions include active dialysis patients, Down syndrome, post-solid organ transplant recipients, sickle cell disease patients and people undergoing cancer treatment or who have been treated in the past three months. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana announces which groups will next be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine," 10 Feb. 2021 The conditions include cancer, heart issues such as heart failure or coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, solid organ transplant, obesity or severe obesity, sickle cell disease or Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "Boerne opening registration for COVID vaccines at 9 a.m. Wednesday," 9 Feb. 2021 Those include cancer, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, BMI over 30, smoking and pregnancy, even though data remains limited on whether pregnant people should be vaccinated. Washington Post, "All overweight D.C. residents will get priority for the coronavirus vaccine. Experts are skeptical.," 21 Jan. 2021 That group includes people 65 and older and those 18 and older who have chronic medical conditions: cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, obesity, sickle cell disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Liz Hardaway,, "University Health appeals for ‘patience’ as it awaits more doses of COVID vaccine," 2 Jan. 2021 But, having a sickle cell disease is anything but sweet. Heather Gustafson, FOX 35 Orlando, "16-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia helps others through baking," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sickle cell

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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6 Mar 2021

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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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