HeLa cellHe·La cell
a strain of cells derived from the first carcinoma cells to be continuously maintained in culture: still used in cancer and biological research
Origin of HeLa cell; from He(nrietta) La(cks), from whose cervical cancer such cells were obtained in 1951
Any of the cells of the first continuously cultured human carcinoma strain, originally obtained from cancerous cervical tissue and maintained for use in biomedical research.
Origin of HeLa cellFrom the first two letters of the first and last name of Henrietta Lacks, (1920–1951), the American cancer patient from whom the cells were taken in 1951.