consortium [kən sôrt′ē əm; kənsôr′shē əm, kən sôr′shəm]
pl. consortia [kən sôrt′ēə, kən sôr′shēə, kən sôr′shəmə] [L, community of goods: see CONSORT]
1. a partnership or association; specif.,
a) a temporary alliance of two or more business firms in a common venture
b) an international banking agreement or association
2. Law the companionship and support provided by marriage, including the right of each spouse to receive this from the other

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