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Medical Term:

sickle cell

Definition

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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