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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·sump·tion /kənˈsʌm(p)ʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·sump·tion n.
 1. The act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction.
    Every new advance of the price to the consumer is a new incentive to him to retrench the quality of his consumption.   --Burke.
 2. The state or process of being consumed, wasted, or diminished; waste; diminution; loss; decay.
 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.
 Consumption of the bowels Med., inflammation and ulceration of the intestines from tubercular disease.
 Syn: -- Decline; waste; decay. See Decline.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the process of taking food into the body through the mouth
           (as by eating) [syn: ingestion, intake, uptake]
      2: involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
         [syn: 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" [syn: economic consumption, usance,
          use, use of goods and services]
      4: the act of consuming something [syn: using up, expenditure]