Definition of consumable in English:


Line breaks: con|sum¦able
Pronunciation: /kənˈsjuːməb(ə)l


  • (Of an item for sale) intended to be used up and then replaced: you will have to pay for consumable materials, such as butane gas canisters
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    • And if we go to Mars, we're going to have to learn to live off the land as well - learn to extract water and oxygen and other consumable materials from the Martian environment so as to minimise the amount of mass you need to take and bring back.
    • The grants are intended to cover the costs of specialized equipment, essential consumable material, and scientific literature.
    • The supply chain is comprised of the vendors and suppliers that provide consumable materials and refurbishment services to the supply system and depot.


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  • A commodity that is intended to be used up relatively quickly: drugs and other medical consumables
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    • Each one having brought consumables and other commodities from home with a wholesale tag, the children of each class are allotted a day to do trade.
    • Makers of all sorts of printers from ends very low to very high, Epson printers benefit from years of heritage and the relatively easy availability of consumables.
    • This is important because training a PhD student in medical research costs about $100,000 / year in consumables etc.

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