\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).