- a milky liquid containing resins, proteins, etc., present in certain plants and trees, as the rubber tree, milkweed, and poppy: used esp. as the basis of rubber
- a suspension in water of particles of natural or synthetic rubber or plastic: used in rubber goods, adhesives, paints, etc.
Origin of latexClassical Latin latex (gen. laticis), a fluid, liquid ; from Classical Greek latax, a drop, wine lees ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lat-, wet from source Middle Irish laith, beer
nounpl. la·ti·ces or la·tex·es
- The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia or milkweed, that coagulates on exposure to air.
- 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. Also called natural rubber latex.
- A similar material made from polymers derived from petroleum; synthetic latex.
- Latex paint.
Origin of latexLatin, fluid.
(plural latices or latexes)
From Latin latex
latex - Computer Definition
(LAmport TeX) A document preparation system based on the TeX language developed by Leslie Lamport at SRI International. LaTeX provides a macro language for TeX that lets the user concentrate on the logical structure of the document rather than the format codes. See TeX.