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sickle cell anemia

Syllabification: sick·le cell a·ne·mi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌsikəl sel əˈnēmēə
 
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(also sickle cell disease)

Definition of sickle cell anemia in English:

noun

A severe hereditary form of anemia in which a mutated form of hemoglobin distorts the red blood cells into a crescent shape at low oxygen levels. It is most common among those of African descent.
Example sentences
  • Infection can produce severe anaemia and an aplastic crisis in people with sickle-cell anaemia or other abnormalities of haemoglobin.
  • In sickle-cell disease, the haemoglobin is abnormal and this causes a change in the shape of the red blood cells.
  • The blood condition sickle-cell anaemia is most common in people from Africa, the Caribbean, the eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and Asia.

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