Definition of Consumptive

1. Noun. A person with pulmonary tuberculosis.

Exact synonyms: Lunger, Tubercular
Generic synonyms: Diseased Person, Sick Person, Sufferer

2. Adjective. Tending to consume or use often wastefully. "Consumptive fires"
Similar to: Exploitative, Exploitatory, Exploitive
Derivative terms: Consume, Consume
Antonyms: Generative

3. Adjective. Afflicted with or associated with pulmonary tuberculosis. "A consumptive cough"
Similar to: Ill, Sick

Definition of Consumptive

1. a. Of or pertaining to consumption; having the quality of consuming, or dissipating; destructive; wasting.

2. n. One affected with consumption; as, a resort for consumptives.

Definition of Consumptive

1. Adjective. Having a tendency to consume. ¹

2. Adjective. Of, or relating to consumption. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: pathology) Relating to pulmonary tuberculosis. ¹

4. Noun. A person suffering of pulmonary tuberculosis. ¹

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Definition of Consumptive

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Consumptive

1. Relating to, or suffering from, consumption. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Consumptive

consummatory behaviour
consumption coagulopathy
consumption weed
consumptive (current term)
consumptive wildlife use
contact-type dermatitis
contact action
contact allergy
contact area
contact arm

Literary usage of Consumptive

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1. The Financial Organization of Society by Harold Glenn Moulton (1921)
"CHAPTER XXVIII consumptive CREDIT INSTITUTIONS From the point of view of the uses to which borrowed funds are devoted, credit was classified in chapter vii ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1900)
"Since this was written, I have ascertained that the Jewish Hospital of Philadelphia has set apart ten free beds for consumptive patients. ..."

3. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Meeting by Conference of Charities and Correction (U.S.), National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, National Conference of Social Work (U.S.) (1902)
"WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE consumptive POOR ? BY SA KNOPF, MD, NEW YORK. In an audience of charity workers, largely composed of laymen, it goes without ..."

4. The London Medical Gazette (1850)
"But the best place for the consumptive we know, and now within the reach of the ... Madras, too, is a good climate for the consumptive, and Bangalore ..."

5. Forty years in the wilderness of pills and powders, or, The cogitations and by William Andrus Alcott (1859)
"THE consumptive PAIR. A YOUNG man, recently married, called on me one day, ... consumptive people are generally sensual, while indulgence is peculiarly ..."

6. The History of Political Parties in the Province of New York, 1760-1776 by Carl Lotus Becker (1908)
"The Unteachable consumptive. The careful consumptive, who is informed in regard to the means of distributing the disease, is not a dangerous person to live ..."

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