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consumption

noun confectio, consumptio, decay, decomposition, decrement, depletion, desolation, devastation, diminishment, diminution, dissipation, expenditure, loss, ravage, ruin, ruination, usage, use, using up, utilization, wastage, waste, wastefulness, wear, withering
Associated concepts: business consumption, consumption in interstate commerce, consumption of goods, consumption of intoxicating liquors, for use and consumption
See also: decline, destruction, deterioration, erosion, expense, prostration, sacrifice, waste
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if ever a thriller rewarded a reader's patience, it's James Abel's White Plague.
IT is known as the white plague and it now kills more than 400 people a year in Britain.
And there are a host of signs of other diseases, some of which so far are symptoms without known causes: red-band disease, yellow-band disease, white pox, rapid wasting disease, patchy necrosis, white plague type 1, white plague type 2 and sea fan fungal disease, a terrestrial pathogen that reaches the reefs in runoff, perhaps from the Everglades.
A later work by Capek, his 1937 The White Illness (which debuted in America as The White Plague at Northlight Theatre in Evanston, Ill.