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Latex, milky substance extracted from various plants and trees that serves as the source of natural rubber. Synthetic latex has been used since the 1940s to make paints and coatings. Its properties are hardness, flexibility, toughness, adhesion, color retention, and resistance to chemicals.

See also: Rubber.

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