A progressive wasting away of the body; esp., that form ofwasting, attendant upon pulmonary phthisis and associated with cough,spitting of blood, hectic fever, etc.; pulmonary phthisis; -- calledalso pulmonary consumption. Consumption of the bowels (Med.),inflammation and ulceration of the intestines from tuberculardisease.
Consumption is an old name for tuberculosis (TB) that describes how the illness wastes away or consumes its victims.
A convenient way to kill off a character set in a film or book set in the olden days, i.e. the old west.
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