- Older Use. tuberculosis of the lungs.
- progressive wasting of the body.
Origin of consumption
Examples from the Web for consumptions
This is not kept in the shop, but is worth making for young Children inclining to Hectics and Consumptions.Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony|George Francis Dow
Great wePage 141aknesses and Consumptions have been recovered with long use of this, and strength and long life continued notably.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened|Kenelm Digby
Their consumptions are accidental ostentation and extravagance, not a normal consummation or fulfilment of activity.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
The reason given for this practice is, that fresh air is wholesome, and that close rooms occasion colds and consumptions.Letters of a Traveller|William Cullen Bryant
If colds and consumptions are frequent in England, it is more to be attributed to the habits of the people than the climate.Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.|Hermann Pckler-Muskau
British Dictionary definitions for consumptions
Word Origin for consumption
Word Origin and History for consumptions
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.