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Pronunciation: kon-sump'shun


  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.

[L. con-sumo, pp. -sumptus, to take up wholly, use up, waste]

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