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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
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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.
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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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A similar statement was made by another BJP leader, Kamal Patel, who said the Gandhi scion should consume poison to prove that he is "worth worshipping like Lord Shiva."
"Older hotels are likely to consume more energy and water, further highlighting the importance of retrofits while higher star-rated hotel properties are also likely to consume slightly more energy and water per unit area," the EmiratesGBC noted.
The researchers found that Sweden has the most Nobel laureates per 10 million of its population and also consumes the most milk per capital, consuming 340 kilograms (93.7 gallons) every year.
The chart above shows the distribution of respondents by what percentage of their wine they consume without food of any kind.
The Chakmas consume leaves, shoots and flowers of this plant during times of food scarcity, a practice, which to our knowledge does not occur elsewhere in Bangladesh.
The study, involving 532 pancreatic cancer patients, aged between 21 and 85, showed that the more alcohol a man consumes, the greater his risk of the disease.
Italians are expected to consume 688,000 tons in 2009 and 690,000 tons next year, up 0.7% and 0.3%.
How Much Should a Person Consume? By Ramachandra Guha
Such support for companies that process and consume recyclables may be most appreciated by private sector businesses in China, who have demonstrated their ability to consume secondary commodities.
Los Angeles -- Individuals who consume moderate amounts of alcohol have a lower risk of developing colorectal adenomas compared with heavy drinkers, according to research presented at the annual Digestive Disease Week.
Americans now consume an average of 61 pounds a year of high fructose corn syrup (especially in sodas), and we scarf down 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day (not including lactose or fructose naturally found in milk and fruit).
The public health implications of these findings may be substantial, since aspartame is used in about 6,000 products, and more than 200 million people regularly consume aspartame through foods, beverages, drugs (such as chewable vitamins), and hygiene products (such as toothpaste).