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Resulting from excessive consumption of a natural substance.
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1. Consuming or tending to consume.
2. Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.
A person afflicted with consumption.

con·sump′tive·ly adv.
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(kŏn-sŭmp′tiv) [L. consumptivus, wasteful, destructive]
1. Pert. to or afflicted with tuberculosis.
2. Pert. to a decrease in a required resource resulting from disease or use. For example, a consumptive coagulopathy is a tendency to bleed resulting from use of clotting factors.
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Patient discussion about consumptive

Q. If someone is a recovering alcoholic, should he refrain from alcohol consumption in food as well? I mean, can he eat a cake or a sauce which has alcohol in it?

A. I love to here storys like that lixuri, keep up the good work--my mother/father liked to party when i was young,-im52yrs old now but my sister died because of parents being drunk and using drugs. but i agree that alcohol is not the real problem, it the people who put it on the market-they make videos with young people drinking on television--thay make banners showing people having a good time,with cigarettes. but where is the warning material letting young people know that alcohol is a drug,an cause seriouse side effects if not used the right way--I throught that our government was suppose to look out for us.there is something very wrong with this picture--young people are most in danger of becomming addicted--if that doesnt get you depressed i dont know what will------mrfoot56

Q. willing to know the type of sugar which is harmless for consumption to maintain good health? I am a health conscious guy willing to know the type of sugar which is harmless for consumption to maintain good health?

A. Xylitol is a natural sweetener made from birch tree bark. It sounds bad, but I think it is much better than stevia, which can be bitter. It's fairly expensive, but worth it because it doesn't spike blood sugar levels.

Q. I want to know how it’s good for brain and heart and what its consumption limit per day? I love walnuts and I almost eat 4-6 walnuts per day. I know it’s good for brain and heart. My family does not have any history of heart attack. My family is a happy family and anyone can easily be jealous of our family. All our family members regularly take walnuts. I think the secret behind the happiness could be walnuts and its regular consumption. I want to know how it’s good for brain and heart and what its consumption limit per day?

A. as johnson10 said, walnuts have a big amount of Omega-3 in it, and that is it's big advantage. you see, the only way for us to get it is from deep see fish. and because not all of us eat fish- it's good that you can eat walnuts. omega-3 is a fatty acid that nerves membrane needs in order to function well.

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Given that the disapproving Pichot thanked him "de s'etre au moins dispense de la toux" ("for having at least dispensed with the cough"; 49), Lockroy likely not only aestheticized the consumptive's most painfully conspicuous symptom, but actually minimized its appearance in performance.
If he played down the cough, he played up the consumptive's pallor.
Angele was followed by a string of plays in which a similarly pale and lovelorn young consumptive played a pivotal role.
Les Filles de Marbre marked the moment of the consumptive hero's full acceptance on English-speaking stages.
Derided by Lytton Bulwer as a sign of French decadence and emasculation, the consumptive hero, his torments, and the virtuoso acting they invited now sold The Marble Heart to an English-speaking audience.
As works like The Marble Heart moved across the Atlantic, the constructions of emotional, national, class, and gender identity that had shaped the consumptive heroes of Europe became available for the representation of North American cultural idols.
Chambers's Cyclopaedia lists one of the causes of consumption as the 'accidental': that is, something that is not hereditary or 'natural'.[32] This consumptive time is irregular, disorderly, without narrative structure.
that thou art, and ever will be!'[34] One wonders whether Sterne had in mind, both in these passages and throughout the novel, the physician Sir Thomas Browne's comment in his letter concerning the death of a consumptive: 'The whole course of Time runs out at the Nativity and Death of things.'[35]
Indeed a certain messenger of death; but know, that of all the bailiffs sent to arrest us to the debt of nature, none useth his prisoners with more civility and courtesie.'[36] Sir Thomas Browne's description of the 'soft death' of a consumptive in his 'Letter to a Friend' was similarly influential from its publication in 1690 right into the nineteenth century.[37] Consumption was regarded as a disease that, unless 'galloping', allowed time for the good man to prepare himself for death.
In the light of the tradition of the consumptive 'good death' one can view Tristram Shandy as an extended and ironic meditation on this ideal.[39] Consumptive time, in the view of Fuller and Browne, is indeed a carefully composed religious narrative, culminating in the peaceful acceptance of the sick man into the kingdom of heaven.
Sterne 'set the wheels a-going', but was no more in control of the eventual outcome than any other serial writer subject to the general contingencies of life, and certainly no more than any other consumptive writer: Keats, to take the obvious example, was forced to stop writing a year before he died.
Despite the general logic of accidental and 'diseased' narrative time, Sterne does seem to have attempted to imagine both a peaceful consumptive good death and an orderly narrative in the Yorick episode of the first volume, a point at which Sterne was still finding his modus operandi for Tristram Shandy.