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Meaning of LATEX

Pronunciation:  'leyteks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a water-base paint having a latex binder
  2. [n]  a milky exudate from certain plants that coagulates on exposure to air

LATEX is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: latex paint, rubber-base paint
 See Also: caoutchouc, exudate, exudation, gum elastic, India rubber, rubber, water-base paint



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\La"tex\, n. [L.] (Bot.)
A milky or colored juice in certain plants in cavities
(called latex cells or latex tubes). It contains the peculiar
principles of the plants, whether aromatic, bitter, or acid,
and in many instances yields caoutchouc upon coagulation.

Computing Dictionary

(Lamport TeX) Leslie Lamport <lamport@pa.dec.com>'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)].

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Milky juice produced by plants.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A viscous fluid exuded from the cut surfaces of the leaves and stems of certain plants, such as the dandelion or the rubber tree.
  2. A rubber made from such plant sap.