noun Etymology: Middle English consumpcioun, from Latin consumption-, consumptio, from consumere Date: 14th century 1. a. a progressive wasting away of the body especially from pulmonary tuberculosis b. tuberculosis 2. a. the act or process of consuming <
consumption of food
consumption of resources
b. use by or exposure to a particular group or audience <
the document was not intended for public consumption
3. the utilization of economic goods in the satisfaction of wants or in the process of production resulting chiefly in their destruction, deterioration, or transformation

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  • consumption — in the meaning ‘a disease causing wasting of the tissues’, has been replaced in the 20c by more specific clinical names, especially by tuberculosis or TB …   Modern English usage

  • consumption — [n] devouring; use burning, consuming, damage, decay, decrease, depletion, desolation, destruction, devastation, diminution, dispersion, dissipation, drinking, eating, exhaustion, expenditure, loss, misuse, ruin, swallowing, using up, utilization …   New thesaurus

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