Definition of Consumption

1. Noun. The process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating).

2. Noun. Involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body.

3. Noun. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing. "The consumption of energy has increased steadily"
Exact synonyms: Economic Consumption, Usance, Use, Use Of Goods And Services
Category relationships: Economic Science, Economics, Political Economy
Specialized synonyms: Conspicuous Consumption
Generic synonyms: Demand
Derivative terms: Use

4. Noun. The act of consuming something.
Exact synonyms: Expenditure, Using Up
Generic synonyms: Depletion
Specialized synonyms: Burnup
Derivative terms: Expend

Definition of Consumption

1. n. The act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction.

Definition of Consumption

1. Noun. The act of consuming something. ¹

2. Noun. The amount consumed. ¹

3. Noun. (pathology) The wasting-away of the human body through disease. ¹

4. Noun. (pathology dated) Pulmonary tuberculosis. ¹

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Definition of Consumption

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Medical Definition of Consumption

1. 1. The using up of something, especially the rate at which it is used. 2. Obsolete term for a wasting of the tissues of the body, usually tuberculous. Origin: L. Con-sumo, pp. -sumptus, to take up wholly, use up, waste (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Consumption

consummatory behaviour
consumption (current term)
consumption coagulopathy
consumption weed
consumptive wildlife use
contact-type dermatitis

Literary usage of Consumption

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cyclopaedia of Political Science, Political Economy, and of the Political by John Joseph Lalor (1883)
"the books consumption, it is because we consider this brauch included in the other two. What is called productive consumption is nothing else than the ..."

2. Oecd Economic Surveys: United Kingdom by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2005)
"The correlation between consumption and house prices 10 year rolling correlation 1.0 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 consumption against house prices and financial ..."

3. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"We will now take up the third question: How many diabetics have consumption or die of it? Is it a legend? Marchal says he has known of but few diabetics to ..."

4. Oecd Economic Surveys by OECD Economic Surveys (1975)
"More than one-half of total industrial consumption (one-quarter of total consumption) is ... Because most natural gas consumption is backed up (Table 4.4), ..."

5. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1891)
"He knows that for practical purposes such persons are as much sufferers from consumption as if they showed the active physical signs of the disease in their ..."

6. Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Denmark; 2006 Review by International Energy Agency (2006)
"In the ten years from 1993 to 2003, electricity consumption grew at an annual average ... For IEA countries as a whole, electricity consumption grew by 2.8% ..."

7. The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions by Thorstein Veblen (1912)
"The most obvious form in which this consumption occurs is seen in the ... Another, scarcely less obtrusive or less effective form of vicarious consumption, ..."

8. The Elements of Political Economy by Francis Wayland (1837)
"OF consumption FOR THE GRATIFICATION OF DF.SIKE. By means of the productive consumption, above treated of, a man procures the means for this second kind of ..."

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