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Pronunciation: spru


  1. Primary intestinal malabsorption with steatorrhea.
  2. In dentistry, wax or metal used to form the aperture(s) for molten metal to flow into a mold to make a casting; also, the metal that later fills the sprue hole(s).

Synonym(s): cachexia aphthosa

[D. spruw]

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