cell line

noun

: a cell culture selected for uniformity from a cell population derived from a usually homogeneous tissue source (such as an organ)
a newly established cell line derived from a human endometrial carcinoma Biol. Abstracts

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are also multi-cell cluster and multi-cell line storms, both made up of a group of cells but differing in shape as indicated by the name. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 16 July 2022 The neurons came from a cell line that was originally cultured from a cancer called neuroblastoma. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 20 July 2022 The fight over Henrietta Lacks’ cell line continues today. Allison Deangelis, STAT, 29 May 2022 Worse still, nearly 250 of these studies were published even after the mistaken cell line was conclusively identified in 2007. James Freeman, WSJ, 4 May 2022 With the sample, a doctor at the hospital was able to create the first human cell line to reproduce outside the body. Taylor Romine, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 Our cursory search of Google Scholar indicates that researchers are still using the skin cancer cell line in breast cancer studies published in 2021. James Freeman, WSJ, 4 May 2022 That allowed researchers to perform tests on them and for the cell line to be shared widely. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Centering on the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line, this film is told through the eyes of Lack’s daughter Deborah (played by Oprah Winfrey) and a journalist. Essence, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cell line was in 1940

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“Cell line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20line. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

cell line

noun

: a cell culture selected for uniformity from a cell population derived from a usually homogeneous tissue source (as an organ)
a newly established cell line derived from human endometrial carcinoma Biological Abstracts
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