Pronunciation: (lā'teks), [key]
—pl. lat•i•cesPronunciation: (lat'u-sēz"), [key] la•tex•es.
1. a milky liquid in certain plants, as milkweeds, euphorbias, poppies, or the plants yielding India rubber, that coagulates on exposure to air.
2. Chem.any emulsion in water of finely divided particles of synthetic rubber or plastic.
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