- Older Use.tuberculosis of the lungs.
- progressive wasting of the body.
Origin of consumption
Synonyms for consumption
Related Words for consumptionsexpenditure, utilization, drinking, loss, eating, burning, decay, misuse, ruin, devastation, dissipation, damage, dispersion, depletion, decrease, diminution, waste, desolation, exhaustion, destruction
Examples from the Web for consumptions
Historical Examples of consumptions
There are consumptions and fierce neuralgias close on the track.The Abominations of Modern Society
Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
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.
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
Their consumptions are accidental ostentation and extravagance, not a normal consummation or fulfilment of activity.Human Nature and Conduct
This burner may be made of any size, and for consumptions not exceeding that of an ordinary Argand.
Word Origin 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.