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Pronunciation:  kun'sumpshun

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  1. [n]  the act of consuming something
  2. [n]  the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
  3. [n]  (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
  4. [n]  involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body

CONSUMPTION is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: economic consumption, expenditure, ingestion, intake, phthisis, pulmonary tuberculosis, uptake, usance, use, use of goods and services, using up, wasting disease, white plague
 See Also: activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process, burnup, conspicuous consumption, deglutition, demand, depletion, drink, drinking, eating, feeding, imbibing, imbibition, suck, sucking, suction, swallow, T.B., TB, tuberculosis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*sump"tion\ (?; 215), n. [L. consumptio: cf. F.
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 of the bowels} (Med.), inflammation and
   ulceration of the intestines from tubercular disease.

Syn: Decline; waste; decay. See {Decline}.

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