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sprue



Pronunciation: (sprOO), [key]
n., v., sprued, spru•ing.


n.
1. Metall.
a. an opening through which molten metal is poured into a mold.
b. the waste metal left in this opening after casting.
2. Metalworking.a channel in a forging die permitting the die to clear that part of the rough piece not being forged.

v.t.
to cut the sprues from (a casting).

sprue



Pronunciation: (sprOO), [key]
n. Pathol.
a chronic disease, occurring chiefly in the tropics, resulting from malabsorption of nutrients from the small intestine and characterized by diarrhea, ulceration of the mucous membrane of the digestive tract, and a smooth, shining tongue; psilosis.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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