Definition of "latex" []

  • The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia or milkweed, that coagulates on exposure to air. (noun)
  • An emulsion of rubber or plastic globules in water, used in paints, adhesives, and various synthetic rubber products. (noun)
  • Latex paint. (noun)
  • 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 (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A suspension of synthetic rubber or plastic in water, used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber products, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "latex" in a sentence
  • "“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."
  • "Unfortunately for these, vintage girdles contain latex which breaks easily over time and foam rubber frequently becomes rock hard and inflexible."
  • "Even John Travolta in latex might not be enough to turn that into a feelgood experience."