Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia or milkweed, that coagulates on exposure to air.
  • noun A polymer emulsion consisting of such sap obtained from rubber trees, used to manufacture various thin elastic products such as balloons, disposable gloves, and medical and contraceptive devices. Some people are allergic to this substance.
  • noun A similar material made from polymers derived from petroleum; synthetic latex.
  • noun Latex paint.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A milk-like liquid occurring in many plants in special vessels (called laticiferous, or sometimes cinenchymatous), and exuding when the plant is wounded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The milky sap of several trees that coagulates on exposure to air; used to make rubber.
  • noun An emulsion of rubber in water, used in adhesives and the like.
  • noun uncountable Natural latex rubber, especially non-vulcanized rubber, such as is used in making latex gloves, latex condoms, and latex clothing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a water-base paint that has a latex binder
  • noun a milky exudate from certain plants that coagulates on exposure to air

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, fluid.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin latex

Examples

  • Even John Travolta in latex might not be enough to turn that into a feelgood experience.

    The Beach Boys musical: wouldn't it be awful?

  • MM surely the latex is getting a bit slippery in th heat?

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Sweet jeebus, lookit this mess!

  • “Two hundred bucks if you stay all night,” Nick said to me, carrying four gallons of apple-green latex from the trunk of his car.

    Least Resistance

  • Unfortunately for these, vintage girdles contain latex which breaks easily over time and foam rubber frequently becomes rock hard and inflexible.

    SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles - Part 1064

  • Did you know that 100% natural latex is completely biodegradable?

    ProWomanProLife » I knew contraception was good for something!

  • “Two hundred bucks if you stay all night,” Nick said to me, carrying four gallons of apple-green latex from the trunk of his car.

    Least Resistance

  • A few years ago, Dorothy Hosler, an associate professor of archeology and ancient technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and two of her colleagues, chemist Sandra Burkett and undergraduate student Michael Tarkanian, realized that unprocessed pure latex is sticky and becomes brittle when dry.

    Did You Know? Bouncing balls and Mexican ingenuity

  • A few years ago, Dorothy Hosler, an associate professor of archeology and ancient technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and two of her colleagues, chemist Sandra Burkett and undergraduate student Michael Tarkanian, realized that unprocessed pure latex is sticky and becomes brittle when dry.

    Did You Know? Bouncing balls and Mexican ingenuity

  • 'A man who was found dressed in latex and handcuffs brought a donkey to his room in a Galway city centre hotel, because he was advised "to get out and meet people," the local court heard last week.

    And the Paddy Bashing Goes On

  • 'A man who was found dressed in latex and handcuffs brought a donkey to his room in a Galway city centre hotel, because he was advised "to get out and meet people," the local court heard last week.

    Archive 2007-02-25

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  • The Leslie Lamport flavor of TeX (word-processing software which accommodates mathematical expressions and formulae in a straightforward manner)

    November 16, 2007

  • Term used to refer to a deceased former spouse. See related term 'latex allergy'.

    January 18, 2008

  • Really? I thought it referred to a Texan who isn't a member of the clergy.

    January 18, 2008

  • This is LaTeX.

    May 3, 2008

  • "The Aztec athletes whom Cortes brought back to Spain played a very ancient kind of soccer, called Ulama, before the court at Seville. More amazing than their prowess at the sport were the rubber balls they used, for Europeans had only hollow balls made of leather. ... The Amerindians had been extracting latex from rubber trees for hundreds of years, perfecting a product that could be used to waterproof clothing as well as create bouncing balls."

    --Joyce Appleby, Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013), p. 99

    December 28, 2016