consumptive

[ kuh n-suhmp-tiv ]
/ kənˈsʌmp tɪv /

adjective

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

noun

Older Use. a person who suffers from tuberculosis.

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

consumptive

/ (kənˈsʌmptɪv) /

adjective

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

noun

pathol a person who suffers from consumption
Derived Formsconsumptively, adverbconsumptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for consumptive

consumptive


adj.

early 15c., "wasteful," also with reference to pulmonary consumption, from Latin consumpt-, stem of consumere (see consume) + -ive. As a noun, attested from late 14c.

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Medicine definitions for consumptive

consumptive

[ kən-sŭmptĭv ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.
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