HeLa cell

noun
\ ˈhe-lə- How to pronounce HeLa cell (audio) \

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

First Known Use of HeLa cell

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for HeLa cell

Henrietta Lacks †1951 patient from whom the cells were taken

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“HeLa cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/HeLa%20cell. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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hela cell

noun, often capitalized H & 1st L
\ ˈhē-lə- How to pronounce hela cell (audio) \

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

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