sickle-cell trait

noun

Definition of sickle-cell trait

: an inherited usually asymptomatic blood condition in which some red blood cells tend to sickle but usually not enough to produce anemia and that occurs primarily in individuals of African, Mediterranean, or southwest Asian ancestry who are heterozygous for the gene controlling hemoglobin S

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If the sickle-cell trait is so helpful, why doesn’t everyone have it? Quanta Magazine, "A New Way to Predict Infection’s Toll," 30 Aug. 2016 The San Diego Chargers had wanted to sign Thomas in 2017 until a routine physical turned up the sickle-cell trait. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Colts LB Ahmad Thomas was born without a family or future, then he found both," 3 Aug. 2019 Soares has identified the chemical pathway that helps people with the sickle-cell trait tolerate malaria. Quanta Magazine, "A New Way to Predict Infection’s Toll," 30 Aug. 2016 Brown has to manage a sickle-cell trait that can cause muscle degeneration for those who perform strenuous exercise. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens' new wide receivers show early signs of promise during workouts," 1 June 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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sickle-cell trait

noun

Medical Definition of sickle-cell trait

: a usually asymptomatic blood condition in which some red blood cells are sickle cells but usually not enough to produce anemia and which occurs in individuals (as those of African or Mediterranean descent) who are heterozygous for the gene controlling hemoglobin S

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