Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
sickle cell. adj., adj drepanocyt´ic.
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.
sickle cellA crescent-shaped, holly-leaf-/scythe-like RBC caused by polymerisation or sickling of haemoglobin (Hb S) or other “sickling” Hbs, which occurs more readily with decreased pH, decreased O2, increased temperature and increased osmolarity.
sick·le cell(sik'ĕl sel)
a sickle cell.
Patient discussion about drepanocyte
Q. Please precribe for me the possible medicine (treatment) for sickle cells. Secondly, my boy lost hearing at 4 1- I need to know how sickle cells can be treated. 2- My boy just surprisingly lost his abillity to hear anything at the age of 4.
A. wow...you are going through some hard times...it's the hardest thing in the world seeing your children in pain. loosing his hearing could be caused by clots that were formed and destroyed the ear nerve. but it's unlikely it happened in both ears...so i would check it out. and about treatment- there are a variety of treatments, so i found a web site with them all. and even some that are still in research: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Sca/SCA_Treatments.htmlMore discussions about drepanocyte