HeLa cell

noun
\ ˈhe-lə- \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about HeLa cell

Statistics for HeLa cell

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for HeLa cell

The first known use of HeLa cell was in 1953

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for HeLa cell

hela cell

noun, often capitalized H & 1st L
\ ˈhē-lə- \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on HeLa cell

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about HeLa cell

Comments on HeLa cell

What made you want to look up HeLa cell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

by word of mouth

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!