Definition of latex
laticesplay \ˈlā-tə-ˌsēz, ˈla-\ or
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
Recent Examples of latex from the Web
First, Madeline outlined the cuticles with liquid latex, ensuring no glitter fallout post-painting.
Mike Rodriguez pulls off his purple latex gloves and gets ready for the next call.
The city of Hobart accepts latex paint donations at the Department of Public Works, 340 S. Shelby St., from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
But who would have thought that latex brushes would exist or that matte lipstick would be so easy to apply and so durable.
Volunteers will collect latex paint from 8 a.m. to noon June 24 at New Lenox Township office building, 1100 S. Cedar Road.
Beside that, directly in their walking path, her eyes picked out the yellow wad of latex.
With textiles, Wang and her team found the optimal construction was a layer of latex sandwiched by two thin layers of bacterial cells, each 1 to 5 microns thick, around the diameter of a red blood cell and 1/15th the width of a human hair.
Latex paint recycling program DuPage County will hold a latex paint recycling program June 1-29 at the Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility, 7900 S. Route 53.
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Origin and Etymology of latex
New Latin latic-, latex, from Latin, fluid
First Known Use: 1832See Words from the same year
LATEX Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of latex for Students
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
Medical Definition of latex
latices\ˈlāt-ə-ˌsēz, ˈlat-\play play or
: 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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