Pronunciation: (kun-sump'shun), [key]
1. the act of consuming, as by use, decay, or destruction.
2. the amount consumed: the high consumption of gasoline.
3. Econ.the using up of goods and services having an exchangeable value.
a. Older Use.tuberculosis of the lungs.
b. progressive wasting of the body.
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