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1. Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant.

2. Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; sometimes in a bad sense; as, a pliable youth. Pliable she promised to be. Pliableness, Pliably.

Origin: F, fr. Plier to bend, to fold. See Ply.

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Sickle cell

... hemoglobin molecules join together to form rods, which distort red blood cells into a sickle shape. Whereas normal blood cells are soft and pliable, allowing them to move easily through small blood vessels (capillaries), sickle cells are rigid and fragile. Their rigidity means that they ...

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by daniel.kurz
Fri May 19, 2006 1:55 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Sickle cell
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