tropical sprue


Examples of tropical sprue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At that time, his fortunes lower than ever, two of his older brothers died of tropical sprue, an acute infectious disease of the small bowel that at the time had no known cause or treatment. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 5 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tropical sprue was circa 1955

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“Tropical sprue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

tropical sprue

: a disease of tropical regions that is of unknown cause and is characterized by fatty diarrhea, malabsorption of nutrients, and weight loss
Though pathologically indistinguishable from nontropical sprue (i.e., gluten-sensitive enteropathy, or celiac disease), tropical sprue … does not respond to the removal of gluten from the diet …Edward T. Ryan et al., The New England Journal of Medicine

called also sprue

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