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Medical Term:

sickle cell


an abnormal, crescentic erythrocyte that is characteristic of sickle cell anemia, resulting from an inherited abnormality of hemoglobin (hemoglobin S) causing decreased solubility at low oxygen tension.

Synonym(s): crescent cell, drepanocyte, meniscocyte

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