sickle cell


Definition of sickle cell

: an abnormal red blood cell of crescent shape

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One of the compounds is under development to treat sickle cell disease. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Picks AstraZeneca Executive to Be Next CEO," 4 Jan. 2019 Examples include sickle cell disease, which affects many African Americans, and Huntington’s disease, which deteriorates nerve cells in the brain. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Genetics has learned a ton — mostly about white people. That’s a problem.," 27 Oct. 2018 The death of her son, Dale, at Rice in 2006 prompted the family to sue the NCAA, resulting in the settlement that led to sickle cell testing. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Strength Coaches in College Football Have Become Strongmen," 17 Aug. 2018 The red blood cells, although deformed, don’t take the characteristic crescent shape found in sickle cell disease. Bradley J. Fikes,, "New and common malaria resistance trait identified in Scripps Research-led study," 22 Mar. 2018 Staying well hydrated can help prevent a sickle cell crisis. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Howard County family provides support for sickle cell disease patients," 11 July 2018 Researchers are exploring ways to use gene editing to treat a range of diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and sickle cell disease. Rebecca Lurye,, "Gene Editing Shows Promise In Yale Study," 29 June 2018 Her spleen became enlarged because the sickle cells built up in it, so doctors gave her transfusions. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You'd never know this happy-go-lucky 2-year-old has sickle cell anemia. But it's always on her mom's mind.," 11 June 2018 The umbilical cord blood has a high concentration of stem cells, which can be used for the treatment of leukemia, lymphomas, bone marrow failure syndromes, immune deficiencies and sickle cell disease. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando-based cord blood bank CORD:USE acquired for $14 million," 5 June 2018

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circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of sickle cell

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

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