sickle cell


Definition of sickle cell

: an abnormal red blood cell of crescent shape

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Accident victims, cancer patients, kids with sickle cell. NBC News, "Red Cross seeks more blood with #MissingType campaign," 11 June 2018 The nuns and nurses face a variety of challenging issues such as interracial adoption, cleft palate and sickle cell. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Know So Far About Call The Midwife Season 9," 31 Mar. 2019 By Sharon Moalem As a biology teacher, I have been fascinated with the fact that harmful genes (like sickle cell and cystic fibrosis) stay in populations. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 Other researchers are developing ways to gene-edit damaged cells and return them, repaired, into patients with sickle cell disease and other disorders. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Q&A on scientist’s bombshell claim of gene-edited babies," 28 Nov. 2018 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

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circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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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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