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- tending to consume; destructive; wasteful.
- pertaining to consumption by use.
- pertaining to or of the nature of consumption.
- disposed to or affected with consumption.
- Older Use. a person who suffers from tuberculosis.
Origin of consumptive
1375–1425; Middle English:Related formscon·sump·tive·ly, adverbcon·sump·tive·ness, nounnon·con·sump·tive, adjectivenon·con·sump·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·sump·tive·ness, nounun·con·sump·tive, adjectiveun·con·sump·tive·ly, adverb
eliminating morbid humors < Medieval Latin consūmptīvus
wasteful, destructive; see consumption
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British Dictionary definitions for non-consumptive
- causing consumption; wasteful; destructive
- pathol relating to or affected with consumption, esp tuberculosis of the lungs
Derived Formsconsumptively, adverbconsumptiveness, noun
- pathol a person who suffers from consumption
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Word Origin and History for non-consumptive
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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non-consumptive in Medicine
- Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.
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