HeLa cell

noun

: 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

Word History

Etymology

Henrietta Lacks †1951 patient from whom the cells were taken

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of HeLa cell was in 1953

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“HeLa cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/HeLa%20cell. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

hela cell

noun
often capitalized H & 1st L
: 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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