la·​tex | \ˈlā-ˌteks \
plural latices\ ˈlā-​tə-​ˌsēz , 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

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Exos doesn’t aim at training only C-suite MAMILs (middle-aged men in latex) who want to kill it at an Ironman. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Exos Is Designing High-Tech Fitness Programs for Couch Potatoes," 22 June 2018 Lili's technique was to use a variety of face makeup, cotton, glue, liquid latex, and faux blood. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Created a Shark Bite on Madelaine Petsch's Leg With Makeup," 5 July 2018 Inspired by Lady Gaga, Madonna and Daft Punk, Aquaria sings about latex, corsets, and sports cars in a full-throttle race to the top. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Aquaria Gears Up for Another Tight Race in Debut Single 'Burn Rubber'," 29 June 2018 If Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all 12 years old again and given an unlimited supply of toys, latex, corn syrup and blatantly corny dialogue, the result could be something like Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires': Film Review | Annecy 2018," 18 June 2018 There are mechanics beneath the creature’s foam-latex skin, controlling the eyes, eyelids, jaw and tongue, and air bladders to simulate vascular activity. Darryn King, WSJ, "In ‘Jurassic World,’ Old-School Effects Make a Comeback," 13 June 2018 Some silicone lubes corrode latex due to a high oil content, which can cause condoms to break. Gigi Engle, Teen Vogue, "Anal Sex: What You Need to Know," 16 May 2018 Made from waterproof and puncture-resistant latex, the Garden Genie gloves are easy to wash and ideal for gripping. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "10 Best Gardening Gloves," 12 Apr. 2017 At night, a lightweight carbonate bed panel holds a latex mattress wrapped in an organic cotton cover, while articulating bed springs add to comfort and airflow. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Colorful camper van is the ultimate adventure vehicle," 5 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \
plural latices\ ˈlāt-​ə-​ˌsēz , ˈlat-​ \ 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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