- the act of consuming, as by use, decay, or destruction.
- the amount consumed: the high consumption of gasoline.
- Economics. the using up of goods and services having an exchangeable value.
- Older Use.tuberculosis of the lungs.
- progressive wasting of the body.
Origin of consumption
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Examples from the Web for consumption
In the video, Brown misspoke slightly on the number of turkeys killed each year for consumption.A Turkey's View of Thanksgiving
The Daily Beast Video
November 26, 2014
Other human practices, like the hunting and consumption of wild animals for food, provide other opportunities for spillover.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
November 12, 2014
Much of the growth in a perceived middle class, Nijman argues, is based not on income but on consumption driven by credit.Welcome to the Billion-Man Slum
August 25, 2014
Prior to our consumption, the lights in the lodge were turned off and we were asked to turn off any cellphones.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
The consumption of rabbit meat has a long, honorable history in the United States.Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Cute, Furry Bunnies
August 19, 2014
The poor devil had consumption, too, and probably he'll never see them again.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Her name was Vincent, and her husband, a gilder by trade, had been carried off by consumption.
Often a patient is described by his doctor as suffering from consumption.
A great saving has also been made in the consumption of coal.The Railroad Question
He says, your Highness, that I am like a snake in a consumption!Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- the act of consuming or the state of being consumed, esp by eating, burning, etc
- economics expenditure on goods and services for final personal use
- the quantity consumed
- pathol a condition characterized by a wasting away of the tissues of the body, esp as seen in tuberculosis of the lungs
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.
- The act or process of using up something.
- A progressive wasting of body tissue.
- Pulmonary tuberculosis. No longer in technical use.