The disposable glove industry has a number of acronyms and definitions unique to it.  End the confusion with this simple and easy glossary of the most common glove terms.  We have put together a comprehensive listing of key terms below.  (You're welcome!).


Substances that speed up a chemical reaction. During glove manufacturing they are used to speed up the vulcanization process


Acceptable Quality Level; defined as the worst case quality level, in percentage, that is still considerd acceptable; medical grade gloves range from 1.0 – 2.5%, industrial 4.0%

Antigenic Proteins

Proteins which can stimulate the production of antibodies by the immune system, and to which the immune system will react if it is identified in the body; antigenic proteins found in natural rubber latex are known to cause latex allergies in sensitized individuals


A substance added to latex and synthetic polymers to prevent or delay deterioration of the glove by oxygen in the air