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Noun: consumption  kun'súm(p)-shun
  1. The process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
    - ingestion, intake, uptake
  2. Involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
    - 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"; "the economic consumption of energy has increased steadily";
    - economic consumption, usance [archaic], use, use of goods and services
  4. The act of consuming something
    - using up, expenditure
  5. The amount or manner in which something is used or consumed
    - usage, expenditure

Derived forms: consumptions

Type of: activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process, demand, depletion, T.B., TB, tuberculosis

Encyclopedia: Consumption