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latex

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noun la·tex \ˈlā-ˌteks\

Simple Definition of latex

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of latex

plural latices play \ˈlā-tə-ˌsēz, ˈla-\ or latexes

  1. 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. 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


LATEX Defined for Kids

latex

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noun la·tex \ˈlā-ˌteks\

Definition of latex for Students

  1. 1 :  a milky plant juice that is the source of rubber

  2. 2 :  a mixture of water and tiny particles of rubber or plastic used especially in paints




Medical Dictionary

latex

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noun la·tex \ˈlā-ˌteks\

Medical Definition of latex

plural latices \ˈlāt-ə-ˌsēz, ˈlat-\play play or latexes

  1. :  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




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