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cosmetic

[koz-met-ik] /kɒzˈmɛt ɪk/
noun
1.
a powder, lotion, lipstick, rouge, or other preparation for beautifying the face, skin, hair, nails, etc.
2.
cosmetics, superficial measures to make something appear better, more attractive, or more impressive:
The budget committee opted for cosmetics instead of a serious urban renewal plan.
adjective
3.
serving to beautify; imparting or improving beauty, especially of the face.
4.
used or done superficially to make something look better, more attractive, or more impressive:
Alterations in the concert hall were only cosmetic and did nothing to improve the acoustics.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Greek kosmētikós relating to adornment, equivalent to kosmēt(ós) adorned, arranged (verbid of kosmeîn, derivative of kósmos order, arrangement) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
cosmetically, adverb
anticosmetics, adjective
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Examples for cosmetically
  • cosmetically the scar for modern caesareans is below the bikini line.
British Dictionary definitions for cosmetically

cosmetic

/kɒzˈmɛtɪk/
noun
1.
any preparation applied to the body, esp the face, with the intention of beautifying it
adjective
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
Derived Forms
cosmetically, adverb
cosmeticology, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek kosmētikos, from kosmein to arrange, from kosmos order
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Word Origin and History for cosmetically

cosmetic

n.

c.1600, "art of beautifying," from Latinized form of Greek kosmetike (tekhne) "the art of dress and ornament," from fem. of kosmetikos (see cosmetic (adj.)). Meaning "a preparation for beautifying" attested from 1640s (now often cosmetics).

adj.

1640s, from French cosmétique (16c.), from Greek kosmetikos "skilled in adornment or arrangement," from kosmein "to arrange, adorn," from kosmos "order" (see cosmos). Figurative sense of "superficial" is from 1955. Related: Cosmetically.

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cosmetically in Medicine

cosmetic cos·met·ic (kŏz-mět'ĭk)
n.
A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application. adj.

  1. Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.

  2. Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a physical feature, defect, or irregularity.

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