cell line


Definition of cell line

: 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 carcinomaBiol. Abstracts

Examples of cell line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The research team confirmed the use of this tactic in both an amoeba and a mammalian cell line, suggesting a commonality among cells engaged in long-distance orienteering. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Cells Solve an English Hedge Maze with the Same Skills They Use to Traverse the Body," 28 Aug. 2020 HeLa cells became the go-to human cell line for scientists working laboratories. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Henrietta Lacks: What to Know About Her 'Immortal' Cells, and Why Her Story's an Example of Racism in Medicine," 24 June 2020 Since Monday, his university has allowed only faculty and technicians—not Ph.D. students or postdocs—to enter labs, and only for essential tasks such as keeping cell lines or lab animals alive. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Updated: Labs go quiet as researchers brace for long-term coronavirus disruptions," 16 Mar. 2020 Breathing in the virus through the nose or mouth means bringing the viral protein into contact with the cells lining the airways and leading into the lungs. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reading genetic sequence saved Wisconsin boy in 2009; now it may help scientists stop coronavirus," 30 Mar. 2020 The virus attacks the cells lining the alveoli; our overactive immune systems, in trying to fight the virus, may be damaging them as well. Clifford Marks, The New Yorker, "What We Don’t Know About COVID-19," 29 Apr. 2020 Lacks’ cells are one of the most vital cell lines in medical research. Detroit Free Press, "Health and race disparities in America have deep roots: A brief timeline," 20 Apr. 2020 How the virus makes people sick SARS-CoV-2 grows in type II lung cells, which secrete a soap-like substance that helps air slip deep into the lungs, and in cells lining the throat. Benjamin Neuman, The Conversation, "What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly," 2 Apr. 2020 The researchers found that nearly 50 non-oncology drugs killed different human cancer cell lines. Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe, STAT, "Could a drug for arthritis in dogs also fight cancer in people?," 21 Jan. 2020

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Cell line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20line. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of cell line

: 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 carcinomaBiological Abstracts

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