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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Menstrual cups can last up to a decade because they are made of medical-grade silicone, rubber or latex. Nina Avramova, CNN, "There's an effective, environmentally friendly option for people with periods, and few know about it, research says," 16 July 2019 What if Hollywood never stops asking its female leads to wriggle into unforgiving latex suits? Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Nobody’s Victim," 27 Nov. 2018 Jenny Wu arranges tiny strips of dry latex pigment in undulating patterns. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Pulsating dramas of light and sound," 12 July 2019 In the video, the star wears a red latex bodysuit while signing about defiance and determination. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Miley Cyrus flaunts bikini body while keeping it 'casual' in tiny string swimsuit," 10 July 2019 Life spans tend to be shorter with latex mattresses, memory foam or inner spring mattresses. NBC News, "The best Fourth of July mattress sales and how to get your money's worth," 3 July 2019 In the video, Miley is dressed in a tight blood-red latex outfit. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Signs Miley Cyrus's "Mother's Daughter" Is the Ultimate Feminist Anthem," 2 July 2019 Each of the seven episodes covers a critical year for Fox News and its increasingly powerful–and paranoid–leader, played by Russell Crowe in a fat suit and pounds of latex makeup. Judy Berman, Time, "The Loudest Voice Shows Us What We Already Knew. That’s Not Redundant—It’s Exactly What We Need," 27 June 2019 Rubber 70 years ago was mixed with the white latex sap commonly pulled from Amazonian sharinga trees. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Before plastic, rubber filled American homes," 20 May 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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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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