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emulsion of a polymer (e.g., rubberrubber,
any solid substance that upon vulcanization becomes elastic; the term includes natural rubber (caoutchouc) and synthetic rubber. The term elastomer is sometimes used to designate synthetic rubber only and is sometimes extended to include caoutchouc as well.
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) in water (see colloidcolloid
[Gr.,=gluelike], a mixture in which one substance is divided into minute particles (called colloidal particles) and dispersed throughout a second substance. The mixture is also called a colloidal system, colloidal solution, or colloidal dispersion.
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). Natural latexes are produced by a number of plants, are usually white in color, and often contain, in addition to rubber, various gums, oils, and waxes. Balata, caoutchouc, chicle, and gutta-percha are produced from natural latexes. Synthetic latexes may be prepared in two ways: the polymer may be prepared as an emulsion (emulsion polymerization), or the dry, powdered polymer may be dispersed in water. Both natural and synthetic latexes are widely used, especially in the production of rubber goods. Latex paints, sometimes called rubber-base paints, consist of a latex colored by the addition of a pigment.
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the transparent, milk-white, yellowish brown, yellow, or orange contents of the latex vessels of plants.

A number of plants of the families Euphorbiaceae, Moraceae, and Compositae hold large amounts of latex, which contains (dissolved or suspended) carbohydrates, proteins, glycosides, salts, and essential oils. The characteristic components of the latex of gutta-percha-yielding and rubber-yielding plants are resins, gutta, and natural rubber. The latex of certain plants of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) contains large quantities of alkaloids. The latex of the papaya yields the enzyme papain.

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Milky colloid in which natural or synthetic rubber or plastic is suspended in water.
An elastomer product made from latex.
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An emulsion of finely dispersed particles of natural or synthetic rubber or plastic materials in water.
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1. a whitish milky fluid containing protein, starch, alkaloids, etc., that is produced by many plants. Latex from the rubber tree is used in the manufacture of rubber
2. a suspension of synthetic rubber or plastic in water, used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber products, etc.
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(Lamport TeX) Leslie Lamport <>'s document preparation system built on top of TeX. LaTeX was developed at SRI International's Computer Science Laboratory and was built to resemble Scribe.

LaTeX adds commands to simplify typesetting and lets the user concentrate on the structure of the text rather than on formatting commands.

BibTeX is a LaTeX package for bibliographic citations.

Lamport's LaTeX book has an exemplary index listing every symbol, concept and example in the book. The index in the, now obsolete, first edition includes (on page 221) the mysterious entry "Gilkerson, Ellen, 221". The second edition (1994) has an entry for "infinite loop" instead.

["LaTeX, A Document Preparation System", Leslie Lamport, A-W 1986, ISBN 0-201-15790-X (first edition, now obsolete)].
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(LAmport TeX) A document preparation system based on the TeX language developed by Leslie Lamport at SRI International. LaTeX provides a macro language for TeX that lets the user concentrate on the logical structure of the document rather than the format codes. See TeX.
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Puru reaches the zenith (temampak) in August, wo in September, salang in October, latek in November.
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Another $4om will be invested by Latek in the rest of the region, while Turkish com-pany, LTK Homes, is setting up a joint venture in Kenya to import Turkish construction materials.
Latek was born in Konstantinovka, Russia, the daughter of Geboreue and Francesca Rybicki, and immigrated to the United States in 1951.
Analyza ukazuje, ze nejvyssi stupen regionalni specializace dosahuje Zlinsky kraj ve vyrobe usni a vyrobku z usni, ve vyrobe pryzovych a plastovych vyrobku a relativne mene ve vyrobe chemickych latek, pripravku, leciv a chemickych vlaken.
Colonel Angelo Okello-Okeno surrendered to the government and another faction led by Brigadier Odong Latek merged with Joseph Kony's Holy Spirit Movement rebel group, which was not a party to the settlement to form the Uganda Christian Democratic Army (UCDA).
However, the National Atomic Energy Agency sees no problems in the NPP location," agency representative Stanislaw Latek noted.
It happened just days after a Polish man Piotr Latek and his 13-year-old son Matthias were tragically swept to their deaths off the Cork coast.
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The Liberal Democrats candidates are Welsh Young Liberals chair Sam Bennett, vice chair of Flintshire Liberal Democrats Donna Latek, Alistair Cameron and Andrew Pankhurst.