sickle-cell anemia

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sickle-cell anemia

[′sik·əl ¦sel ə′nē·mē·ə]
(medicine)
A chronic, hereditary hemolytic and thrombotic disorder in which hypoxia causes the erythrocyte to assume a sickle shape; occurs in individuals homozygous for sickle-cell hemoglobin trait. Also known as sickle-cell disease.