sprue

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1sprue

noun \ˈsprü\

Definition of SPRUE

1
:  the waste piece on a casting (as of metal or plastic) left by the hole through which the mold was filled
2
:  the hole in which a sprue forms

Origin of SPRUE

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1875

2sprue

noun

Definition of SPRUE

1
:  a disease of tropical regions that is of unknown cause and is characterized by fatty diarrhea and malabsorption of nutrients —called also tropical sprue

Origin of SPRUE

Dutch spruw; akin to Middle Low German sprūwe, a kind of tumor
First Known Use: 1888

sprue

noun \ˈsprü\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPRUE

2
: a disease of tropical regions that is of unknown cause and is characterized by fatty diarrhea and malabsorption of nutrients—called also tropical sprue

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