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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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Stability is one of the most important indexes of PA latex. In order to study the influence of the alcohols on polyacrylate latex, first the stability must be investigated.
The changes of particle size in time as a measure of the latex stability were determined with Turbiscan LAB equipment.
Contact urticaria related to latex use was defined as a self-reported weal and flare reaction at the site of glove contact, appearing within 10-15 min of usage.
Only when the questionnaire indicated a possible allergy to latex was an SPT performed with disposable sterile needles on the volar region of the forearm.
Ademas del personal de la salud, la alergia al latex se desarrolla en grupos de poblacion bien definidos que tienen en comun la exposicion a esta sustancia como son: los pacientes con defectos urogenitales sometidos a multiples cirugias, la poblacion alergica a frutas tropicales (aguacate, kiwi, nueces, avellanas, mani, uva, durazno, cerezas, papas, papaya), las personas con historia clinica de atopia, los trabajadores en plantas de procesamiento/produccion de guantes.
Some potential reasons for surfactant leaching to occur are the concentration of voids in the dry paints that increases with pigment volume concentration (PVC), quality of latex film formation, presence of hydrophilic channels for water diffusion, and excess of water-soluble species and their distribution in the dry paints.
China may be the world's largest total rubber and NR consumer, but Malaysia is the largest NR latex consuming country (figure 7).
Our subcontractors say they stopped taking tourists to shops selling anion latex goods in 2015.
The Model of Coalescing Aid Influence on Latex Film Formation.
Furthermore, the influence of the mixing ratio of n-hexane and polymer on the resultant morphology of latex spheres has been optimized (see Table S1).
Keywords: Culex quinquefasciatus, Calotropis procera, thermo-stability of latex, plants extracts.