from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chronic, chiefly tropical disease characterized by diarrhea, emaciation, and anemia, caused by defective absorption of nutrients from the intestinal tract.
- n. The hole through which molten material is chanelled into a mold.
- n. The waste material filling or protruding from this hole after hardening.
- n. The usually plastic rod or framework that secures molded objects, such as model parts or game pieces, before their first use.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tropical disease causing a sore throat and tongue, and disturbed digestion; psilosis.
- n. The hole through which melted metal is poured into the gate, and thence into the mold.
- n. Material that cools in the feed channels to a mold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Strictly, the hole through which melted metal is poured into the gate, and thence into the mold.
- n. The waste piece of metal cast in this hole; hence, dross.
- n. Same as Sprew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In casting metal, one of the passages leading from the “skimming-gate” to the mold; also, the metal which fills the sprue or sprue-gate after solidification: same as dead-head, 1 . Also called sprue-gate.
- n. A piece of metal or wood used by a molder in making the ingate through the sand.
- n. See sprew.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms and in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation
The possibility of controlling the gastro-intestinal symptoms in sprue by the use of parenteral therapy with liver extract has been demonstrated by Castle and Rhoads.
This problem, which is called protein-losing enteropathy, may be related to a condition known as sprue or “celiac sprue” or inflammatory bowel disease.
Cut off the sprue, and file the rough edges so the new piece will stand up.
There are even some studies that suggest a link between celiac sprue and seizures.
Symptoms of celiac sprue include gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating.
Tell them that you think it might be celiac sprue and see what they say.
I want you to tell the doctors that you think Charlotte has a disease called celiac sprue.
Nothing worked it would be many years before sprue was first successfully treated with massive doses of vitamin B.
The illness that had aged her so rapidly was sprue, a form of tropical anemia that attacks the mucous membranes in the mouth, throat, and digestive tract, making it difficult to swallow or digest food.
Pityriasis rubra pilaris and celiac sprue with malabsorption.