[ kuh n-suhmp-tiv ]
/ kənˈsʌmp tɪv /


tending to consume; destructive; wasteful.
pertaining to consumption by use.
  1. pertaining to or of the nature of consumption.
  2. disposed to or affected with consumption.


Older Use. a person who suffers from tuberculosis.


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Origin of consumptive

1375–1425; Middle English: eliminating morbid humors < Medieval Latin consūmptīvus wasteful, destructive; see consumption, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for consumptive

/ (kənˈsʌmptɪv) /


causing consumption; wasteful; destructive
pathol relating to or affected with consumption, esp tuberculosis of the lungs


pathol a person who suffers from consumption

Derived forms of consumptive

consumptively, adverbconsumptiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for consumptive

[ kən-sŭmptĭv ]


Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.
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