Consumption of the bowels
Consumption Con*sump"tion (?; 215), n. [L. consumptio: cf. F. consomption.] 1. The act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction. [1913 Webster]

Every new advance of the price to the consumer is a new incentive to him to retrench the quality of his consumption. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. The state or process of being consumed, wasted, or diminished; waste; diminution; loss; decay. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

{Consumption of the bowels} (Med.), inflammation and ulceration of the intestines from tubercular disease.

Syn: Decline; waste; decay. See {Decline}. [1913 Webster]


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