sickle cell

noun

Definition of sickle cell

:an abnormal red blood cell of crescent shape

Recent Examples of sickle cell from the Web

  • When Yejide’s first child dies young and her second is hospitalized with sickle cell disease, Akin’s mother declares that the children are Abiku, the Yoruba term for a spirit that is born to a mother again and again, never intending to live long.

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First Known Use of sickle cell

circa 1923


Medical Dictionary

sickle cell

noun

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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