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noun Chemistry.
  1. a synthetic fiber composed of a long-chain polymer, used chiefly in the manufacture of garments to add elasticity.
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Origin of spandex

First recorded in 1955–60; anagram of expands
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  1. a type of synthetic stretch fabric made from polyurethane fibre
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Word Origin for spandex

C20: coined from an anagram of expands
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Word Origin and History for spandex



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

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