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consumer

1. a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs
2. Ecology an organism, esp an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals

consumer

[kən′süm·ər]
(ecology)
A nutritional grouping in the food chain of an ecosystem, composed of heterotrophic organisms, chiefly animals, which ingest other organisms or particulate organic matter.

consumer

The average user in contrast to the professional user. Consumer products vary in quality, ranging from flimsy, inexpensive devices to very well made; however, the term implies non-professional usage. See prosumer and consumer electronics.
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In standby mode, the self-throttling processor consumes less than 1W, substantially reducing average power consumption.
To lose weight (fat), he must expend fewer calories than he consumes.
Dumont also stressed to attendees that high quality, clean shipments will be necessary for Boralex to maintain and grow its ability to consume processed demolition wood.
However, the carrier may not entirely consume the fuel in the state in which purchased.
People who consume diets high in added sugar get lower levels of fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and vitamins A, B-6, B-12, C, and E.
Citing substantial evidence that most Americans do not consume enough calcium to stave off bone loss, a panel of nutrition experts set new standards Wednesday that increase the recommended daily allowance of calcium-rich foods by roughly one serving per day for most people.
Per person, the Japanese of today consume more than four times as much aluminum, almost five times as much energy, and 25 times as much steel as people in Japan did in 1950.
The average person consumes about 50 apples per year, or about once a week
Calcium supplements can preserve and even build bones in the large share of the population that steadfastly consumes diets deficient in the mineral.
The average American adult consumes about 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day, and the top ten percent consume an average of 400 ma, according to John J.
Car PC Consumes Less Than Car Parking Lights, Eliminates Battery Drain