la·​tex | \ ˈlā-ˌteks How to pronounce latex (audio) \
plural latices\ ˈlā-​tə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce latices (audio) , ˈla-​ \ or latexes

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 (such as paint) and adhesives

Examples of latex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wearing the latex gloves, mix salt, sugar, and water in the well. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A French Answer to American Apple Pie," 19 Nov. 2020 Chief among them: any and all sanitizing products, toilet paper, flour, face masks, latex gloves — and a bidet. Rachel Lubitz, CNN Underscored, "Low on toilet paper? The under-$100 Tushy bidet can help," 10 Nov. 2020 In fact,the Coastal Clean Up day event in the nearby beaches last month surfaced 413 latex gloves and more than 700 single-use surgical masks from San Diego beaches. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Used masks and gloves are showing up on beaches and in oceans," 28 Oct. 2020 These machines sprayed tiny particles of polystyrene latex, which is commonly used to simulate respiratory droplets. Popular Science, "COVID-19 continues to make flying a risky proposition," 21 Oct. 2020 The latex inside is solid (not shredded) and the brand says it's designed to cradle your head and neck, so this one's best suited for side and back sleepers. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "10 Best Pillows of 2020, According to Bedding Experts," 14 Sep. 2020 The Flaming Lips performed a show at The Criterion in Oklahoma City on Monday evening, performing in gigantic plastic bubbles, masks, and latex gloves, CNN reported. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "The Flaming Lips Perform Socially Distant Show Inside Giant Bubbles," 19 Oct. 2020 But Latex São Roque doesn’t stop at balloons—the company also produces latex gloves. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Watching Professionals Joyfully Make Balloons Is Good for Your Soul," 15 Oct. 2020 Its market value has exceeded 7 billion zloty ($1.8 billion) for the first time, making the operator of a latex gloves factory in Thailand more valuable than Commerzbank AG unit MBank SA, Poland’s fourth-largest lender. Konrad Krasuski,, "Pandemic Sets Off 6,700% Rally in One Stock," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of latex

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for latex

New Latin latic-, latex, from Latin, fluid

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The first known use of latex was in 1832

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22 Nov 2020

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“Latex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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)


la·​tex | \ ˈlā-ˌteks How to pronounce latex (audio) \

Kids Definition of latex

1 : a milky plant juice that is the source of rubber
2 : a mixture of water and tiny particles of rubber or plastic used especially in paints


la·​tex | \ ˈlā-ˌteks How to pronounce latex (audio) \
plural latices\ ˈlāt-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce latices (audio) , ˈlat-​ How to pronounce latices (audio) \ or latexes

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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