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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Consumption  \Con*sump"tion\  (?;  215),  n.  [L.  consumptio:  cf  F. 
  consomption.] 
  1.  The  act  or  process  of  consuming  by  use  waste,  etc.; 
  decay;  destruction. 
 
  Every  new  advance  of  the  price  to  the  consumer  is  a 
  new  incentive  to  him  to  retrench  the  quality  of  his 
  consumption.  --Burke. 
 
  2.  The  state  or  process  of  being  consumed,  wasted,  or 
  diminished;  waste;  diminution;  loss  decay. 
 
  3.  (Med.)  A  progressive  wasting  away  of  the  body;  esp.,  that 
  form  of  wasting,  attendant  upon  pulmonary  phthisis  and 
  associated  with  cough,  spitting  of  blood,  hectic  fever, 
  etc.;  pulmonary  phthisis;  --  called  also  {pulmonary 
  consumption}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  consumption 
  n  1:  the  process  of  taking  food  into  the  body  through  the  mouth 
  (as  by  eating)  [syn:  {ingestion},  {intake},  {uptake}] 
  2:  involving  the  lungs  with  progressive  wasting  of  the  body 
  [syn:  {pulmonary  tuberculosis},  {phthisis},  {wasting 
  disease},  {white  plague}] 
  3:  (economics)  the  utilization  of  economic  goods  to  satisfy 
  needs  or  in  manufacturing;  "the  consumption  of  energy  has 
  increased  steadily"  [syn:  {economic  consumption},  {usance}, 
  {use},  {use  of  goods  and  services}] 
  4:  the  act  of  consuming  something  [syn:  {using  up},  {expenditure}] 




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