- Older Use. tuberculosis of the lungs.
- progressive wasting of the body.
Origin of consumption
British Dictionary definitions for self-consumption
Word Origin for consumption
Word Origin and History for self-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.