latex

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noun la·tex \ˈlā-ˌteks\

Definition of latex

plural

latices

play \ˈlā-tə-ˌsēz, ˈla-\ or

latexes

  1. 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. 2 :  a water emulsion of a synthetic rubber or plastic obtained by polymerization and used especially in coatings (such as paint) and adhesives

Origin and Etymology of latex

New Latin latic-, latex, from Latin, fluid


First Known Use: 1832


LATEX Defined for English Language Learners

latex

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noun la·tex \ˈlā-ˌteks\

Definition of latex for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

latex

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noun la·tex \ˈlā-ˌteks\

Definition of latex for Students

  1. 1 :  a milky plant juice that is the source of rubber

  2. 2 :  a mixture of water and tiny particles of rubber or plastic used especially in paints


Medical Dictionary

latex

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noun la·tex \ˈlā-ˌteks\

Medical Definition of latex

plural

latices

\ˈlāt-ə-ˌsēz, ˈlat-\play play or

latexes

  1. :  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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