|—n , pl latexes, latices|
|1.||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|
|2.||a suspension of synthetic rubber or plastic in water, used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber products, etc|
|[C19: New Latin, from Latin: liquid, fluid]|
latex la·tex (lā'těks')
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.
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