from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strain of cells derived from a tumor of Henrietta Lacks.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Cells of this line are called HeLa cells because their original source was a tumor removed from a woman named Henrietta Lacks.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Taken from Lacks without her knowledge as she underwent surgery for the cervical cancer which killed her at the age of 31, her tumor cells became known as HeLa, after the first two letters of each of her names.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Scientists working with her cell cultures, known as HeLa cells, have developed cancer treatments, vaccines, and in-vitro fertilization and cloning technology.

    An Unwitting Heroine of Science

  • While the world has heard about, and benefited exponentially from the cells, dubbed HeLa, the story of this woman has remained untold.

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Inequity and Cervical Cancer « Gender Across Borders

  • Based on the differences between the expression of regulatory RNAs, they identified a half-dozen regulatory RNAs that created a distinct fingerprint in one specific cancer cell line called HeLa.

    Ars Technica

  • She's simply called HeLa, the code name given to the world's first immortal human cells

    NPR Topics: News

  • Scientists had been struggling in vain to grow human cells in the laboratory for years, and Lacks 'cells, which would come to be known as HeLa -- a combination of her first and last names -- grew everywhere.

    Memphis Commercial Appeal Stories

  • A strain of cancerous human cells (called HeLa cells) have evolved to become a wild unicellular life form. orgaism, nor are HeLa cells "a wild unicellular life form."

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • A strain of cancerous human cells (called HeLa cells) have evolved to become a wild unicellular life form.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Using so-called HeLa cells, scientists developed a polio vaccine, pursued HIV research, mapped genes, created in vitro fertilization and pursued a host of other advances. - News


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.