(Science: cell culture, oncology) Referring to cells of the first continuously cultured (human cervical) carcinoma strain.
An established line of human epithelial cells derived from a cervical caracinoma (from a black American woman called Henrietta lacks). In fact the cellular biomass now considerably exceeds that of Henrietta herself !
These cells are used for virus cultivation and antitumour drug screening assays.
Origin: Henrietta lacks (d. 1951).