• synonyms

HeLa cell

or He·la cell, he·la cell

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Biology.
  1. 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
hela cell in Medicine

HeLa cell

([object Object])
  1. 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

  • About
  • Cookies, Terms, & Privacy
© 2018 Dictionary.com, LLC.