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

Examples of sickle cell anemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Portland Trail Blazers star reached out to 14-year-old fan Kayden Taylor, who has had a lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia in Arkansas. oregonlive, 9 May 2022 Her monthly grocery bill has gone from $300 to nearly $600, in part because her grandson, who has sickle cell anemia, requires specialty items like Pediasure and lactose-free milk, often in short supply. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2022 Born in Kenya, Ayman was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at an early age and began treatment at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital four years ago after his family moved to Portland. oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2022 Still used today, testing these few droplets of blood can reveal whether a baby has disorders such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia, for which early detection and treatment can prevent serious disability and death. Grace Browne, Wired, 25 Nov. 2021 It is shown from the viewpoint of a young girl whose father has sickle cell anemia and spotlights the impact of the medical event on the family. Charles Taylor, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 When a daughter, Yvonne, tested positive for sickle cell anemia, Mr. Camphor became interested in fundraising to fight the disease. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 16 Jan. 2022 Onyekachukwu Onochie, who goes by Onyeka, is a 28-year-old African American woman born with sickle cell anemia. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Hulsizer hypothesized that the sickle cell anemia trait might have something to do with it. Darcel Rockett,, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sickle cell anemia

1922, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Sickle cell anemia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sickle cell anemia

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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