|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|1.||any preparation applied to the body, esp the face, with the intention of beautifying it|
|2.||serving or designed to beautify the body, esp the face|
|3.||having no other function than to beautify: cosmetic illustrations in a book|
|4.||derogatory designed to cover up a greater flaw or deficiency; superficial: their resignation is a cosmetic exercise|
|[C17: from Greek kosmētikos, from kosmein to arrange, from kosmos order]|
cosmetic cos·met·ic (kŏz-mět'ĭk)
A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application. adj.
Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.
Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a physical feature, defect, or irregularity.