Definition of latex noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈleɪteks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪteks//
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  1. 1a thick white liquid that is produced by some plants and trees, especially rubber trees. Latex becomes solid when exposed to air, and is used to make medical products latex gloves
  2. 2an artificial substance similar to this that is used to make paints, glues, etc.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (denoting various bodily fluids, especially the watery part of blood): from Latin, literally ‘liquid, fluid’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: latex