Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Balata

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1011

\bә-lä-tә\ n [Sp, fr. Carib] (1860) (1) Dried juice of a West Indian tree (Mimusops globosa). It has rubbery characteristics and is sometimes used as a substitute of gutta-percha. It resembles both this and ordinary rubber in that it consists of isoprene molecules (C5H8), but polymerized in its own particular way. Impure form of trans-polyisoprene. (2) Trans-1,4-Poly(isoprene). (Langenheim JH (2003) Plant resins: chemistry, evolution ecology and ethnobotany. Timber, Portland).

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA