There are 2 definitions of sprue in English:

sprue1

Syllabification: sprue
Pronunciation: /spro͞o
 
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noun

  • 1A channel through which metal or plastic is poured into a mold.
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    • Medical device molding applications and other processes that involve small sprues and runners are among the target markets for the machine.
    • After solidification and cooling, the metal is in a white iron state, and gates, sprues, and feeders can be easily removed from the castings by impact.
    • Also, when trimming the plates from the sprues, make sure you trim the flash from the bottom of the recessed tab to let the courses sit level.
  • 1.1A piece of metal or plastic that has solidified in a sprue, especially one joining a number of small molded plastic items.
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    • Analysis of the sprue showed that it was made of exactly the same metal as the coins.
    • Only one similar sprue has been found before in Britain, at Duston, Northamptonshire, alongside early 4th century coin moulds and discarded spoil castings.

Origin

early 19th century: of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of sprue in English:

sprue2

Syllabification: sprue
Pronunciation: /
 
spro͞o/

noun

  • 1Disease of the small intestine causing malabsorption of food, in particular.
  • 1.1 (also tropical sprue) A disease characterized by ulceration of the mouth and chronic enteritis, suffered by visitors to tropical regions from temperate countries.
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    • Emaciated patients suffering from chronic sprue can also take buttermilk preferably before noon.
    • The patient was then started on tetracycline (presumably for empiric treatment of tropical sprue), which he continued for 1 year without symptomatic improvement.
    • Next to tropical sprue, it is the most important cause of malabsorption syndrome in India.
  • 1.2 (also nontropical sprue) another term for celiac disease.
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    • I have non-tropical sprue, and I find it difficult to get enough grain servings in my diet.
    • But, for people with gluten intolerance, or celiac sprue, the body perceives gluten as a foreign substance and responds with a full-blown immune response.
    • Extensive elimination diets such as those for celiac sprue should be supervised by a gastroenterologist.

Origin

late 19th century: from Dutch spruw 'thrush'; perhaps related to Flemish spruwen 'sprinkle'.

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Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea