latex

noun
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

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Eat khinkali quickly, before the slippery wrapper, wonderful when hot, cools and seizes into a texture not unlike latex. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: End-of-session rush in Sacramento," 14 Sep. 2019 For a star who's worn everything from latex looks to sheer dresses, this piece fits right in with Kylie's seductive wardrobe. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Don't Let Kylie Jenner's Leather Corset Skirt Distract You from Her Incredible Backstreet Boys T-Shirt," 17 Dec. 2018 Eat khinkali quickly, before the slippery wrapper, wonderful when hot, cools and seizes into a texture not unlike latex. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: End-of-session rush in Sacramento," 14 Sep. 2019 No more plastic molds that limit you to making one or two at a time—and which often have an ugly seam down the middle—or DIY balloon molds that end up tasting kind of funny (balloons are usually made of rubber or latex, after all). Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This LG Freezer Makes the Most Perfect Ice Spheres You've Ever Seen," 13 Sep. 2019 The designer sent models down the runway in zebra print chaps, bedazzled cowboy hats, and see-through latex. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: LaQuan Smith Spring/Summer 2020 Gave The Western Trend A Latex Twist," 8 Sep. 2019 Eat khinkali quickly, before the slippery wrapper, wonderful when hot, cools and seizes into a texture not unlike latex. Glendale News-Press, "Review: Glendale’s Havlabar serves up cheesy khachapuri and Georgian soup dumplings," 5 Sep. 2019 Rubber trees produce a sticky, white latex sap that holds our planet together and provides a source of income for indigenous communities living in the rainforest. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why We Need the Amazon Rainforest," 4 Sep. 2019 Wearing latex gloves, Ferguson allegedly held her hands over the baby’s face for three minutes, the court documents state, The News Journal reports. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Del. Child Care Worker Allegedly Smothered 4-Month-Old Baby Girl Who Wouldn’t Stop Crying," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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latex

noun

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)

latex

noun
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

latex

noun
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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