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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.

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]

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.

latex

Sexology
A rubbery material used in the construction of sex toys, condoms and fetish items, including clothing.

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

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]

latex

a milky plant juice.

Latex

A rubber material which gloves and condoms are made from.
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la·tex

(lā'teks)
1. Emulsion or suspension produced by some seed plants.
2. Similar synthetic materials (e.g., polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride).
[L. liquid]

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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The prosecution was quick to point out the seemingly heartless way Tex had reacted after his killed wife had been killed.
Dani also said that Tex had asked her to lie about being with him in the car that night because he thought it would look bad to detectives - she refused and pointed out that she'd driven them to the hospital.
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Tex finally seemed to show some emotion in court when he was shown a 3D reconstruction of the fatal bullet that killed his wife.
The prosecutor said that Tex coveted his wife's money and was better off with her dead than alive.
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ex Kuhn) Windham, 7970 TEX; 8869 ANSM, BRIT, TEX, (TEX 269730, 269736, 269737, 269742).
Benham & Windham, 5792 ANSM, TEX; (TEX 268228, 268230, 268252).
Benham & Windham, (TEX 268297, 268318, 268335).
TEX; 8390 ANSM, TEX; (NMC 52890; TEX 268378, 268380, 268429).
Bommeria hispida (Mett.) Underw., 4933 ANSM, TEX; 7359 ANSM, TEX; 8469 ANSM; 8789 ANSM; (TEX 236142, 236143, 236145).