spandex

[span-deks]
noun Chemistry.
a synthetic fiber composed of a long-chain polymer, used chiefly in the manufacture of garments to add elasticity.

Origin:
1955–60; anagram of expands

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spandex (ˈspændɛks)
 
n
a type of synthetic stretch fabric made from polyurethane fibre
 
[C20: coined from an anagram of expands]

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Spandex
synthetic fiber, 1959, Amer.Eng., proprietary name, an arbitrary formation from expand.
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Example sentences
Allied is not alone in trying to shed bagpipes and tartan in favour of drum
  machines and spandex.
There's more to figure skating than spandex and sequins, specifically physics.
The pouch, called a swelling hemostat, resembles a beanbag and is made of a
  polymer-fiber mesh encased in spandex fabric.
Still, gritty naturalism is no small leap for the spandex genre.
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