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[lat-uh-seez] /ˈlæt əˌsiz/

a plural of .
[ley-teks] /ˈleɪ tɛks/
noun, plural latices
[lat-uh-seez] /ˈlæt əˌsiz/ (Show IPA), 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.
a plural of latex
noun (pl) latexes, latices (ˈlætɪˌsiːz)
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
a suspension of synthetic rubber or plastic in water, used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber products, etc

1660s, “body fluid,” from Latin latex (genitive laticis) “liquid, fluid,” probably from Greek latax “dregs,” from PIE root *lat- “wet” (cf. Middle Irish laith “beer,” Welsh llaid “mud, mire,” Lithuanian latakas “pool, puddle,” Old Norse leþja “filth”). Used 1835 to mean “milky liquid from plants.” Meaning “water-dispersed polymer particles” (used in rubber goods, paints, etc.) is from 1937. As an adjective by 1954, in place of clasically correct laticiferous.

latex la·tex (lā’těks’)

la’tex’ adj.


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  • Laticifer

    [ley-tis-uh-fer] /leɪˈtɪs ə fər/ noun, Botany. 1. a tubular structure through which latex circulates in a plant. /ləˈtɪsɪfə/ noun 1. (botany) a cell or group of cells in a plant that contains latex

  • Laticiferous

    [lat-uh-sif-er-uh s] /ˌlæt əˈsɪf ər əs/ adjective, Botany. 1. bearing or containing latex.

  • Latifundia

    [lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh m] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di əm/ noun, plural latifundia [lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di ə/ (Show IPA). Roman History. 1. a great estate. /ˌlætɪˈfʌndɪəm/ noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə) 1. a large agricultural estate, esp one worked by slaves in ancient Rome

  • Latifundio

    [lat-uh-fuhn-dee-oh, -foo n-; Spanish lah-tee-foon-dyaw] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn diˌoʊ, -ˈfʊn-; Spanish ˌlɑ tiˈfun dyɔ/ noun, plural latifundios [lat-uh-fuhn-dee-ohz, -foo n-; Spanish lah-tee-foon-dyaws] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn diˌoʊz, -ˈfʊn-; Spanish ˌlɑ tiˈfun dyɔs/ (Show IPA) 1. a great estate of Latin America or Spain.

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