sickle cell anemia


Definition of sickle cell anemia

: a chronic inherited anemia that occurs primarily in individuals of African, Mediterranean, or southwest Asian ancestry who are homozygous for the gene controlling hemoglobin S and that is characterized especially by episodic blocking of small blood vessels by sickle cells

called also sickle cell disease

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Recent Examples on the Web This year, the coronavirus pandemic disrupted that opportunity for these campers and their families, already all too familiar with battling diseases — from cancer and sickle cell anemia to hemophilia. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Camp provides 'different kind of healing' to kids with serious illnesses," 24 Dec. 2020 For example, CRISPR Therapeutics has ongoing clinical trials employing CRISPR-Cas9 to fix sickle cell anemia, as well as another blood condition known as beta thalassemia. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Two women just won the Nobel Prize for their work on the gene-editing technique CRISPR," 7 Oct. 2020 Anemia can also be caused by other health conditions like sickle cell anemia or kidney disease, Dr. LeRoy says. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Cold? 10 Reasons Why Experts Say You're Constantly Freezing," 30 Sep. 2020 This vulnerability to the virus parallels how people of color are more impacted by other diseases as well, from sickle cell anemia to diabetes. Alison Bowen,, "Young adults, people of color and unpaid caregivers face increased mental health risks 6 months into pandemic," 11 Sep. 2020 Coleman publicly revealed Nazaneen has sickle cell anemia during an interview with The Chronicle in January. Eric Branch,, "Tevin Coleman, 49ers’ rugged running back, needs to be tougher than ever this season," 4 Sep. 2020 Examples include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and Tay-Sachs disease. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Human Embryo Gene Editing Gets a Road Map—Not a Green Light," 3 Sep. 2020 Trials are under way or expected to start soon in China, Europe and the U.S. in patients with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other diseases. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Gene Editing in Embryos Isn’t Safe or Effective for Clinical Use Yet, Report Says," 3 Sep. 2020 Dion Humphrey, who has sickle cell anemia and asthma, was denied medical care during a seven-hour detention and four-hour interrogation after the incident, according to the claim. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Supporters of Dion Humphrey, teen who was mistakenly tackled, shot by police, demand footage from incident," 19 Aug. 2020

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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sickle cell anemia

variants: also sickle cell disease

Medical Definition of sickle cell anemia

: a chronic anemia that occurs in individuals (as those of African or Mediterranean descent) who are homozygous for the gene controlling hemoglobin S and that is characterized by destruction of red blood cells and by episodic blocking of blood vessels by the adherence of sickle cells to the vascular endothelium which causes the serious complications of the disease (as organ failure)

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