- Older Use. tuberculosis of the lungs.
- progressive wasting of the body.
Origin of consumption
Examples from the Web for consumption
In the video, Brown misspoke slightly on the number of turkeys killed each year for consumption.
Other human practices, like the hunting and consumption of wild animals for food, provide other opportunities for spillover.
Much of the growth in a perceived middle class, Nijman argues, is based not on income but on consumption driven by credit.
Prior to our consumption, the lights in the lodge were turned off and we were asked to turn off any cellphones.
The consumption of rabbit meat has a long, honorable history in the United States.
Besides their own consumption, great quantities are sent to the north of Ireland.A Tour in Ireland|Arthur Young
I hope, therefore, that this matter is tolerably well fixed, as far as the consumption of this country goes.
On this trip, we found at another small encampment a young girl, about twelve years of age, dying of consumption.By Canoe and Dog-Train|Egerton Ryerson Young
On these the herdsman may raise the grain and vegetables necessary for his own consumption.
In all cases economic production is a means to some kind of consumption as its end.Principles of Political Economy, Vol. II|William Roscher
British Dictionary definitions for consumption
Word Origin for consumption
Word Origin and History for consumption
late 14c., "wasting of the body by disease; wasting disease" (replacing Old English yfeladl "the evil disease"), from Old French consumpcion, from Latin consumptionem (nominative consumptio) "a using up, wasting," noun of state from past participle stem of consumere (see consume). Meaning "the using up of material" is 1530s.