Definition of lats

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of lat


\ ˈläts How to pronounce lats (audio) \
plural lati\ ˈlä-​tē How to pronounce lats (audio) \ or latu\ ˈlä-​tü How to pronounce lats (audio) \

Definition of lats (Entry 2 of 2)

: the basic monetary unit of Latvia until 2014

Examples of lats in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Push your butt and torso backward, stretching your lats. Eric Leija, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 Your second superset includes another pulling variation with the dumbbell pullover, which works your lats, pecs, triceps, and abs, followed by the quadruped single-arm rear-delt raise. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 30 Dec. 2021 The latissimus dorsi, or lats, which are a large flat muscle that runs from the mid to lower back. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 26 Jan. 2022 An example of a multi-joint exercise is a seated cable row—which works the biceps, lats, and back of the shoulders, plus lots of other stabilizing and secondary muscles in the back and legs. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 24 Apr. 2015 The lats take up much of the back's real estate and play a large role in arm movement. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 26 Jan. 2022 Add a little upper-body work by holding a soft Pilates ball between your hands, squeezing in on the ball to engage your shoulders and lats. SELF, 28 Jan. 2022 Target your lats and core with straight-arm pushdowns and even more carries (preferably unilateral carries, which challenge you to keep an upright posture). Emily Shiffer, Men's Health, 25 Jan. 2022 Shoulders: Tighten your lats to keep the bar close to you. Kyle Norman, Outside Online, 26 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of lats


1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lats


Latvian (nominative plural lati, genitive plural latu), from Latvija Latvia

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“Lats.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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Medical Definition of lats

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of lat



Medical Definition of LATS (Entry 2 of 2)

long-acting thyroid stimulator


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