Henrietta Lacks †1951 patient from whom the cells were taken
First Known Use: 1953
noun ,often capitalized H & 1st L\ˈhē-lə-\(Medical Dictionary)
Medical Definition of HELA CELL
: a cell of a continuously cultured strain isolated from a human uterine cervical carcinoma in 1951 and used in biomedical research especially to culture viruses
Biographical Note for HELA CELL
Lacks\ˈlaks\ , Henrietta(flourished 1951), American hospital patient. Lacks was a patient with cancer of the cervix. In 1951 Dr. George O. Gey of Johns Hopkins University Medical School isolated cells from her cervical tumor. The hela (an acronym formed from the first two letters of her names, often given as the pseudonym Helen Lane or rarely as Helen Larson) cells still flourish in research laboratories all over the world.