la·tex /ˈleˌtɛks/ 名詞
1. Bot. A milky or colored juice in certain plants in cavities (called latex cells or latex tubes). It contains the peculiar principles of the plants, whether aromatic, bitter, or acid, and in many instances yields caoutchouc upon coagulation. The lattex of the India rubber plant produces the rubber of commerce on coagulation.
n 1: a milky exudate from certain plants that coagulates on
exposure to air
2: a water-base paint having a latex binder [syn: latex paint,
[also: latices (pl)]