Latex (pl. latices)
A water emulsion of a synthetic rubber or plastic obtained by polymerisation and used especially in coatings, paints and adhesives. Latices include a binder dispersed in the water and form films by fusion of the plastic particles as the water evaporates. Properties of these films, such as hardness, flexibility, toughness, adhesion, colour retention, and resistance to chemicals, depend on the composition of the plastic.