or He·la cell, he·la cell
- a vigorous strain of laboratory-cultured cells descended from a human cervical cancer, used widely in research.
Origin of HeLa cell
after He(nrietta) La(cks), a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, from whom the tissue was taken in 1951 prior to her death
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- Any of the cells of the first continuously cultured human carcinoma strain, originally obtained from cancerous cervical tissue and maintained for use in studying cellular processes.
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