tropical sprue

noun

Definition of tropical sprue

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First Known Use of tropical sprue

circa 1955


Medical Dictionary

tropical sprue

noun

medical Definition of 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 Medicine15 Aug. 2002
called also sprue

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