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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
latex
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A basic latex caulk costs about $ 2. 50 and a top-of-the-line elastomeric caulk costs about $ 6&.
▪ But don't be fooled-that rash is not from latex.
▪ His own hair was hidden under a latex cap from which a few grey wisps straggled crazily.
▪ Make sure the individual doing the piercing wears latex gloves.
▪ So what makes guayule latex different from hevea latex?
▪ This effect looks like that of normal human faces stretched against a latex film.
▪ Unfortunately, latex is not suitable for borders since it dries too quickly and is not durable for exposed and vulnerable areas.
▪ You float the cream and purify that and you have your latex.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Latex

Latex \La"tex\, n. [L.]

  1. (Bot.) A milky or colored juice in certain plants in cavities (called latex cells or latex tubes). It contains the peculiar principles of the plants, whether aromatic, bitter, or acid, and in many instances yields caoutchouc upon coagulation. The lattex of the India rubber plant produces the rubber of commerce on coagulation.

  2. (Chem.) Any aqueous emulsion of finely divided rubber or plastic particles, especially such an emulsion used as a base for paint; as, a latex paint.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
latex

1660s, "body fluid," from Latin latex (genitive laticis) "liquid, fluid," probably from Greek latax "dregs," from PIE root *lat- "wet" (cognates: Middle Irish laith "beer," Welsh llaid "mud, mire," Lithuanian latakas "pool, puddle," Old Norse leþja "filth"). Used 1835 to mean "milky liquid from plants." Meaning "water-dispersed polymer particles" (used in rubber goods, paints, etc.) is from 1937. As an adjective by 1954, in place of clasically correct laticiferous.

Wiktionary
latex

n. 1 (lb la medicine archaic rare) A clear liquid believed to be a component of a humour or other bodily fluid (gloss: esp. plasma and lymph) 2 The milky sap of several trees that coagulates on exposure to air; used to make rubber. 3 An emulsion of rubber in water, used in adhesives and the like. 4 (context uncountable English) Natural latex rubber, ''especially'' non-vulcanized rubber, such as is used in making latex gloves, latex condoms, and latex clothing.

WordNet
latex
  1. n. a milky exudate from certain plants that coagulates on exposure to air

  2. a water-base paint having a latex binder [syn: latex paint, rubber-base paint]

  3. [also: latices (pl)]

Wikipedia
Latex

Latex is a stable dispersion ( emulsion) of polymer microparticles in an aqueous medium. It is found in nature, but synthetic latexes can be made by polymerizing a monomer such as styrene that has been emulsified with surfactants.

Latex as found in nature is a milky fluid found in 10% of all flowering plants ( angiosperms). It is a complex emulsion consisting of proteins, alkaloids, starches, sugars, oils, tannins, resins, and gums that coagulate on exposure to air. It is usually exuded after tissue injury. In most plants, latex is white, but some have yellow, orange, or scarlet latex. Since the 17th century, latex has been used as a term for the fluid substance in plants. It serves mainly as defense against herbivorous insects. Latex is not to be confused with plant sap; it is a separate substance, separately produced, and with separate functions.

The word is also used to refer to natural latex rubber, particularly non- vulcanized rubber. Such is the case in products like latex gloves, latex condoms and latex clothing. Many people are allergic to rubber latex.

Latex (disambiguation)

Latex is an aqueous dispersion of polymers that can be solidified into rubber.

Latex may also refer to:

Usage examples of "latex".

So were the cameras and the items needed to accessorize my ensemble: paper apron and mask, plastic goggles, latex gloves.

Will use breakaway clothes, nylon and silk, bald cap, finger cups and other latex appliances.

The criminalist knew that talcum powder was commonly used by some people as a deodorant, by workers who wore tight-fitting rubber gloves for protection and by those who engaged in certain sexual practices using latex clothing.

The passenger wriggled his hands into a pair of latex gloves and then set about tying Jeremiah Freel up with plastic handcuffs.

Eventually, Gemmell grunts and pushes himself to his feet, stripping the blood-streaked latex from his hands.

Brazilian trees that gave soap and glass, distorted versions of the hevea that flows rich latex.

There were many of the three-foot alligators, lurking hi the pools they themselves seemed to have constructed on the trunks, shells that resembled the cups rubber-workers fasten to the hevea bark as they drain their milky latex.

She felt it stretching tautly over her cheeks, leaving just her nose and around her eyes exposed, except for two strips of latex that ran from over her mouth, up either side of her nose then joining above the bridge of her nose and stretching across her forehead.

The pressure pulse blew off the warhead skin, and the cloud grew, a sphere of high pressure, high-temperature gases, the ethylene gas mixing with the vinyl acetate monomer in the high temperatures and reacting to form a vinyl-acetate ethylene copolymer--a liquid latex glue--which completed its reaction, using up the ethylene and vinyl acetate and stardust, the gas cloud finally cooling and changing from a sphere to a teardrop shape as it fell toward earth.

An inch or so wide, the latex was stretchy and tended to cling to the skin, especially damp skin.

At least, he thought the guy was looking at him, although behind the latex mask it was all but impossible to tell.

Lockheed-engineered National Security State approved massive latex uber-condom, a super-project of such immensity as to call for the unlikely marriage of the conceptual vision of Christo and the sleazy contracting gusto of Bechtel, Inc?

AND BIXBY wore latex gloves, combing Room 1114 of the Deauville Hotel.

Lynch to keep up the pretense that Anna was a flesh-and-blood woman instead of a clever combination of microcircuitry and latex, Caitlin thought.

Plainclothes cops in latex gloves were gathering up bits and pieces and putting them in ziplock bags.