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spandex

[span-deks] /ˈspæn dɛks/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a synthetic fiber composed of a long-chain polymer, used chiefly in the manufacture of garments to add elasticity.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; anagram of expands
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British Dictionary definitions for spandices

spandex

/ˈspændɛks/
noun
1.
a type of synthetic stretch fabric made from polyurethane fibre
Word Origin
C20: coined from an anagram of expands
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Word Origin and History for spandices

Spandex

n.

synthetic fiber, 1959, American English, proprietary name, an arbitrary formation from expand.

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