Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
the development of sickle cells in the blood.
sickling test a method of demonstrationg hemoglobin S and the sickling phenomenon in erythrocytes, performed by reducing the oxygen concentration to which the erythrocytes are exposed.
sickle cell testA qualitative screening test for sickling haemoglobins, especially HbS. In the SCT, sodium metabisulfite or sodium dithionate is used to desolubilise haemoglobin S to the crystallised deoxygenated form, which causes the abnormal RBCs to sickle, as detected by light microscopy.
A test that measures the propensity of red blood cells to sickle under conditions of reduced oxygen tension. The test may be performed by adding sodium metabisulfite to a drop of blood and examining the blood smear microscopically. Hemoglobin electrophoresis is an alternative test for sickle cell disease.