a plural of latex. Unabridged


noun, plural latices [lat-uh-seez] , latexes.
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.

1655–65; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin latex water, juice, liquid Unabridged
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latex (ˈleɪtɛks)
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]

latices (ˈlætɪˌsiːz)
a plural of latex

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Word Origin & History

1662, "body fluid," from L. latex (gen. laticis) "liquid, fluid," probably from Gk. latax "dregs," from PIE base *lat- "wet" (cf. M.Ir. laith "beer," Welsh llaid "mud, mire," Lith. latakas "pool, puddle," O.N. leþja "filth"). Used 1835 to mean "milky liquid from plants." Meaning "water-dispersed
polymer particles" (used in rubber goods, paints, etc.) is from 1937.
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latex la·tex (lā'těks')

  1. The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia, that coagulates on exposure to air.

  2. An emulsion of rubber or plastic globules in water, used in adhesives and synthetic rubber products.

la'tex' adj.
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latex   (lā'těks')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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Example sentences
It should be used with carboxylated acrylic or styrene-acrylic latices.
Determine whether the low temperature property can be transferred to other latices by mixing latex subcomponents.
Some latices are formulated with reactants that allow curing at lower temperatures.
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