tropical sprue

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tropical sprue

[‚träp·ə·kəl ′sprü]
(medicine)
A malabsorption disease found in tropical and subtropical climates that resembles gluten enteropathy in its manifestations but does not improve with a gluten-free diet, it is thought that it may be an infectious diarrhea.
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