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HeLa cells

Syllabification: He·La cells
Pronunciation: /ˈhelə ˌselz
 
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Definition of HeLa cells in English:

plural noun

Human epithelial cells of a strain maintained in tissue culture since 1951 and used in research, especially in virology.
Example sentences
  • Moving to us, there are standard cell lines from human kidney or liver, and then there are the famous HeLa cells, one of many from human tumor sources.
  • Figure 3 shows typical staining patterns for uninfected and infected HeLa cells, which were used as controls.
  • Fig.7 shows that cell proliferation is further restricted to the colony border in HeLa cells grown over a longer period.

Origin

1950s: from the name of Henrietta Lacks, whose cervical carcinoma provided the original cells.

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