[ kuhn-suhmp-shuhn ]
/ kənˈsʌmp ʃən /
the act of consuming, as by use, decay, or destruction.
the amount consumed: the high consumption of gasoline.
Economics. the using up of goods and services having an exchangeable value.
- Older Use. tuberculosis of the lungs.
- progressive wasting of the body.
Origin of consumption
non·con·sump·tion, nouno·ver·con·sump·tion, nounpre·con·sump·tion, nounself-con·sump·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for overconsumption
Scientists are increasingly linking population growth and overconsumption to our environmental challenges.New Poll Finds Americans Are Worried About Runaway Population Growth|Jerry Karnas|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Porto Ricans are not given to the overconsumption of alcoholic drinks.Social Problems in Porto Rico|Fred K. Fleagle
British Dictionary definitions for overconsumption (1 of 2)
/ (ˌəʊvəkənˈsʌmpʃən) /
the state or an instance of consuming too much food, drink, fuel, etc
British Dictionary definitions for overconsumption (2 of 2)
/ (kənˈsʌmpʃən) /
the act of consuming or the state of being consumed, esp by eating, burning, etc
economics expenditure on goods and services for final personal use
the quantity consumed
pathol a condition characterized by a wasting away of the tissues of the body, esp as seen in tuberculosis of the lungs
Word Origin for consumption
C14: from Latin consumptiō a wasting, from consūmere to consume
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Medicine definitions for overconsumption
[ kən-sŭmp′shən ]
The act or process of using up something.
A progressive wasting of body tissue.
Pulmonary tuberculosis. No longer in technical use.
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