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latex

 [la´teks] (L. “fluid”)
1. any of various white viscid fluids secreted by certain plants; the variety from Hevea brasiliensis, the rubber tree, was formerly the main source of commercial rubber. Allergic reactions to natural latex are an important cause of type IV hypersensitivity reactions. See also latex allergy.
2. any of several synthetic fluids resembling natural latex, including polystyrene and polyvinyl chloride; these are not causes of latex allergy.
latex agglutination test (latex fixation test) a diagnostic study used to detect certain antibodies in body fluids; latex particles are used as passive carriers, and particles clump together following the addition of the antibody. One use is as a serologic test for rheumatoid factor in diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

la·tex

(lā'teks),
1. An emulsion or suspension produced by some seed plants; it contains suspended microscopic globules of natural rubber.
2. Similar synthetic materials such as polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, etc.
[L. liquid]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

latex

(lā′tĕks′)
n. pl. latices (lā′tĭ-sēz′, lăt′ĭ-) or latexes
1. The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia or milkweed, that coagulates on exposure to air.
2. A polymer emulsion consisting of such sap obtained from rubber trees, used to manufacture various thin elastic products such as balloons, disposable gloves, and medical and contraceptive devices. Some people are allergic to this substance. Also called natural rubber latex.
3. A similar material made from polymers derived from petroleum; synthetic latex.
4. Latex paint.

la′tex′ adj.
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latex

Sexology
A rubbery material used in the construction of sex toys, condoms and fetish items, including clothing.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

latex

A lactescent gel of molecular homogeneity, obtained from plants and composed of microglobules of natural rubber; latex may be airborne, and is present in latex gloves, dental rubber dams, condoms, barium enema catheters, other medical devices, and tires/tyres Lab medicine Latex-like particles–eg, neoprene, polyvinylchloride, polystyrene, and synthetic 'rubbers'; latexes are inert vehicles that may be used to carry antibodies or antigens in latex agglutination immunoassays; or rubber latex-like plastic monomer used to manufacture minute plastic beads of polystyrene
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

la·tex

(lā'teks)
1. An emulsion or suspension produced by some seed plants; contains suspended microscopic globules of natural rubber.
2. Similar synthetic materials such as polystyrene and polyvinyl chloride.
[L. liquid]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

latex

a milky plant juice.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Latex

A rubber material which gloves and condoms are made from.
Mentioned in: Isolation
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

la·tex

(lā'teks)
1. Emulsion or suspension produced by some seed plants.
2. Similar synthetic materials (e.g., polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride).
[L. liquid]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about latex

Q. I went out the other day with an ex, and things got “interesting” and then he refused to wear a condom saying he is allergic to the latex now! I mean, we’ve been together a few years before and he didn’t have any problem then. So how can he be allergic to latex all of a sudden? (we didn’t have unprotected sex if any of you wondered)

A. I doubt an allergy to latex developes over the years out of the blue, but it is not impossible that someone suffers from somewhat an allergy at a lesser extent that does not bother him and then later developes a stronger reaction to the substance.

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