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sprue1 British & World English

A channel through which metal or plastic is poured into a mould

sprue2 British & World English

Disease of the small intestine causing malabsorption of food, in particular:

tropical sprue in sprue2 British & World English

A disease characterized by ulceration of the mouth and chronic enteritis, suffered by visitors to tropical regions from temperate countries

non-tropical sprue in sprue2 British & World English

another term for coeliac disease.