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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]