nounpl. lat′i·ces· or la′tex·es
- 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