tropical sprue

noun

Definition of tropical sprue

  1. :  2sprue 1

First Known Use of tropical sprue

circa 1955


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tropical sprue

noun

Medical Definition of tropical sprue

  1. :  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, 15 Aug. 2002—called also sprue


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