a. The act or process of consuming.
b. The state of being consumed.
c. An amount consumed.
2. Economics The using up of goods and services by consumer purchasing or in the production of other goods.
a. A progressive wasting of body tissue.
b. Pulmonary tuberculosis. No longer in scientific use.
[Middle English consumpcioun, from Latin cōnsūmptiō, cōnsūmptiōn-, a consuming, from cōnsūmptus, past participle of cōnsūmere, to consume; see CONSUME.]
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