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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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Effect of different EDTA salt complexes on deproteinization of nonammonia and ammonia NR latices was studied.
Questa interpretazione sembra sostenibile per il valore del verbo pello, usato come termine tecnico militare ad indicare un'azione di cacciata, di respingimento del nemico (18), e che rappresenta, dunque, una situazione propriamente bellica, di cui evidentemente e stato eroico protagonista Stilicone, e non una generica immagine di ritrovata sicurezza; inoltre, nel distico successivo, la menzione del barbarus che non potra accostarsi alla fonte Castalia puo costituire un elemento in piu utile a spiegare il senso preciso della ultio compiuta in difesa di Apollo, con un riferimento ai Goti e al loro re (Nullus Castalios latices et praescia fati / flumina polluto barbarus ore bibit, 2 praef.
As estimativas do coeficiente de determinacao dos efeitos de bloco foram baixas, com excecao do carater APC (13,2541%), indicando que o delineamento em latice foi importante para aqueles caracteres.
Latex supplier are researching high strength coating binders and latices that provide good runnability at speeds greater than 2000 meters per minute.
Customers also profit from Goodyear Chemical's world-class R&D expertise and pilot manufacturing facilities for material development and scale up in solution and emulsion polymers, latices, adhesives, and resins.
[FIGURE 2 OMITTED] Table 1 Efficacies of euphorbia latices assayed against HEp-2 cells.
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Adsorption competition between albumin and monoclonal immuno-gamma-globulins on polystyrene latices. J Colloid Interface Sci 1992;152:410-28.
Although the chemical constituents of the latices produced by the plants in the above families may be variable (Cronquist, 1981), they apparently provide the requisite cues to longicorns seeking oviposition sites.
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5) Tannin samples' pH values were in an interval where NR latices should have normally been coagulated, which was not observed.