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adjective, noun [C] uk   /kənˈsʌmp.tɪv/ old-fashioned us  
(a person) suffering from consumption: She didn't live very long - she was (a) consumptive.
Translations of “consumptive”
in Chinese (Traditional) 患結核病的, 結核病患者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 结核病患者…
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