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

Examples of latex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each mask is made of a recycled hemp and organic-cotton blend, with latex-free elastic ear straps—and for every mask purchase, the company is donating one to a food-service worker volunteering or a medical professional in need. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Here’s Exactly Where to Buy Face Masks Online," 8 July 2020 Goodyear Rubber Works craft her a custom pair of latex gloves. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Gloves, running the ‘gauntlet’ of history," 7 July 2020 The cooling pillow is made with some of the highest-quality materials available, including a moisture-wicking cotton cover and eco-friendly Talalay latex. Jillian Mueller, Better Homes & Gardens, "These 10 Expert-Recommended Cooling Pillows Will Give You Your Best Night's Sleep," 25 June 2020 In the Korea Baseball Organization, first- and third-base coaches and umpires are required to wear masks and latex gloves. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers’ Ron Gardenhire will wear face mask in dugout if necessary," 26 June 2020 These masks are latex free, non-toxic made from non-woven fabric. Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, "Need a new face mask for coronavirus protection? Here are some of the best on Amazon," 25 June 2020 Plus, the pillow contains an aerated Talalay latex core that prevents the pillow from flattening out over time. Jillian Mueller, Better Homes & Gardens, "These 10 Expert-Recommended Cooling Pillows Will Give You Your Best Night's Sleep," 25 June 2020 Since the coronavirus reached Britain the mud has sprouted a crop of latex gloves. The Economist, "Sea of troubles Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution," 22 June 2020 Most often, the gloves are made of a synthetic, latex-free rubber called nitrile. Anton Troianovski, BostonGlobe.com, "Russians eat burgers in gloves. Should everyone?," 20 June 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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13 Jul 2020

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“Latex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latex. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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latex

noun
How to pronounce latex (audio)

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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