latex

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la·tex

noun \ˈlā-ˌteks\

: a white fluid produced by certain plants that is used for making rubber; also : a similar material that is used for making various products (such as paint and glue)

plural la·ti·ces \ˈlā-tə-ˌsēz, ˈla-\ or la·tex·es

Full Definition of LATEX

1
:  a milky usually white fluid that is produced by cells of various seed plants (as of the milkweed, spurge, and poppy families) and is the source of rubber, gutta-percha, chicle, and balata
2
:  a water emulsion of a synthetic rubber or plastic obtained by polymerization and used especially in coatings (as paint) and adhesives

Origin of LATEX

New Latin latic-, latex, from Latin, fluid
First Known Use: 1835

la·tex

noun \ˈlā-ˌteks\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural la·ti·ces \ˈlāt-ə-ˌsēz, ˈlat-\ or la·tex·es

Medical Definition of LATEX

: a milky usually white fluid that is usually made up of various gum resins, fats, or waxes and often a complex mixture of other substances frequently including poisonous compounds, is produced by cells of various seed plants (as of the milkweed, spurge, and poppy families), and is the source of rubber, gutta-percha, chicle, and balata

latex

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several natural or synthetic colloidal suspensions (see colloid). Some latexes occur naturally in the cells of plants such as chicle and rubber trees. They are complex mixtures of organic compounds, including various gum resins, fats, or waxes and, in some instances, poisonous compounds, suspended in a watery medium with dissolved salts, sugars, tannins, alkaloids, enzymes, and other substances from which the latex (or natural rubber, the only available rubber until 1926) can be concentrated, coagulated, and vulcanized. Synthetic latexes (e.g., neoprene), made by emulsion polymerization from styrene-butadiene copolymer, acrylate resins, polyvinyl acetate, or other materials, are used as paints and coatings; the plastic, dispersed in the water, forms films by fusion as the water evaporates.

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