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latex

noun la·tex \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

latex

noun la·tex \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

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