- a milky liquid in certain plants, as milkweeds, euphorbias, poppies, or the plants yielding India rubber, that coagulates on exposure to air.
- Chemistry. any emulsion in water of finely divided particles of synthetic rubber or plastic.
Origin of latex
Examples from the Web for latex
Stacks of clean brown boxes surrounding him hold bleach, latex gloves, and masks—weapons against Ebola.Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
August 27, 2014
Since waist cinchers are made from latex, they also make you sweat…a lot.Waist Training: Can You Cinch Your Waist Thin?
July 18, 2014
Last year, Browne's mental asylum included pieces of latex, Joker-like make-up, and medical gloves.The Blessing of Thom Browne Latest Collection
February 11, 2014
From earcuffs to arm parties, hippie-prep to latex, six things you may actually see next Spring.6 Lessons From The Spring Runways: New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013
Isabel Wilkinson, Lizzie Crocker
September 14, 2012
One option is the vacuum bed or “vacbed,” a platform topped with a latex sheet.Did Claustrophilia Kill U.K. Spy Gareth Williams?
April 30, 2012
From the latex of the opium poppy the opium of commerce is extracted.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany
Douglas Houghton Campbell
Rubber of various qualities is now made from the latex of the Jelutong tree.
The latex is poured into the dabree, where it naturally coagulates into sheets.
In the collection of latex some of this dirt may fall into the bucket.
Often a touch is sufficient to upset the balance, and latex is lost.
- a whitish milky fluid containing protein, starch, alkaloids, etc, that is produced by many plants. Latex from the rubber tree is used in the manufacture of rubber
- a suspension of synthetic rubber or plastic in water, used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber products, etc
Word Origin and History for latex
1660s, "body fluid," from Latin latex (genitive laticis) "liquid, fluid," probably from Greek latax "dregs," from PIE root *lat- "wet" (cf. 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.
- The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia, that coagulates on exposure to air.
- An emulsion of rubber or plastic globules in water, used in adhesives and synthetic rubber products.
- The colorless or milky sap of certain trees and plants, such as the milkweed and the rubber tree, that hardens when exposed to the air. Latex usually contains gum resins, waxes, and oils, and sometimes toxic substances.
- A manufactured emulsion of synthetic rubber or plastic droplets in water that resembles the latex of plants. It is used in paints, adhesives, and synthetic rubber products.