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  • n. Plural form of consumptive.


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  • The _Expectoration_ of consumptives which is thrown out by coughing with great exertion, is but scant in the beginning, as a rule phlegmy, glassy transparent and sticky.

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  • He coughed much, as though consumption gripped his lungs, while his eyes had that mad, fevered light common to consumptives in the last stage.


  • Mary Mallon, who is physically healthy in every way, is being kept on a quarantine island just north of New York City, along with dozens of consumptives, recovering and otherwise.


  • Other highlights include the phrasing "alienation of his wife's affections" and "entered a sanitarium for consumptives:"

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  • Even his ears showed a form particular to consumptives.


  • While consumptives and hypochondriacs toddled to Cannes and Nice, those with money to burn (and sometimes with pockets to let) dashed to Monte Carlo and its world-famous casino where the ordinary gambling unit was a mille, worth about 40 pounds.

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  • Since, as is often the case with consumptives, her mood remained quite radiant until the end, the solitude of this early summer was an excellent remedy for her slightly excitable amorous feelings.

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  • They are continuing to be massive consumptives of energy that produces an enormous amount of CO2.

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  • I was at the spa at the Broadmoor Resort, which is in Colorado Springs, a town that has deep roots as spa town -- during the late 1800s, it became a magnet for consumptives, whose treatments included breathing the dry alpine air and bathing in the soda springs at Manitou.

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  • Flagler declared the San Marco Hotel “one of the most comfortable and best kept hotels in the world and filled, too, not with consumptives, but with that class of society one meets at the great watering places of Europe.”

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