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 During a search of the SUV, police found two guns, a baggie of marijuana, a ski mask and latex gloves in the back seat. John Benson, cleveland, "Men found with guns and marijuana: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 29 Jan. 2020 The facility will have the capacity to produce about 500,000 latex gloves daily. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Shuttered Eufaula plant to reopen, hire 400," 21 Jan. 2020 Because of the presence of Chronic Wasting Diseases (CWD) in deer herds in many states, public health and wildlife officials recommend that hunters always wear rubber or latex gloves when field dressing deer or elk. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things that will Help You Field Dress A Deer," 6 Dec. 2019 Because of the presence of Chronic Wasting Diseases (CWD) in deer herds in many states, public health and wildlife officials recommend that hunters always wear rubber or latex gloves when field dressing deer or elk. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things that will Help You Field Dress A Deer," 6 Dec. 2019 Milo Manara’s cover is Olivia Vinten in a Gucci leather and lace top, leather choker, latex gloves, and a whip with a Gucci handle. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "‘Vogue Italia’ Is Bringing Back Fashion Illustration On Its Covers," 6 Jan. 2020 In a statement released Friday, State Police said the suspect was dressed fully in black, including his coat, pants, boots, ski mask, and latex gloves. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 29 Dec. 2019 Because of the presence of Chronic Wasting Diseases (CWD) in deer herds in many states, public health and wildlife officials recommend that hunters always wear rubber or latex gloves when field dressing deer or elk. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things that will Help You Field Dress A Deer," 6 Dec. 2019 Because of the presence of Chronic Wasting Diseases (CWD) in deer herds in many states, public health and wildlife officials recommend that hunters always wear rubber or latex gloves when field dressing deer or elk. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "10 Things You Need To Get Your Deer From The Woods To The Dinner Table," 11 Nov. 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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Latex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latex. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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