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1. A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application.
2. Something superficial that is used to cover a deficiency or defect.
1. Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.
2. Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a bodily feature, defect, or irregularity: cosmetic therapy.
a. Decorative rather than functional: cosmetic fenders on cars.
b. Lacking depth or significance; superficial: made a few cosmetic changes when she took over the company.

[French cosmétique, from Greek kosmētikos, skilled in arranging, from kosmētos, well-ordered, from kosmein, to arrange, from kosmos, order.]

cos·met′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adv.1.cosmetically - for cosmetic purposes to improve appearance; "it is used cosmetically by many women"
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Barile of Willowick, OH, has patented a method for cosmetically disguising an unattractive finger or toe nail area of a negatively affected hand or foot by using a temporary, cosmetically appealing covering.
Boomers want to be forever young and work to maintain that youthful lifestyle through medicine either holistically or cosmetically.
Not only repairs it cosmetically, but integrity of the glass panel is re-established.
Sterion[R] Skin Closure Strips provide a less painful and more cosmetically pleasing alternative to stapling or suturing wound openings.
As long as this kind of hemangioma is not on a cosmetically critical area, parents can often just leave these alone until they scar down and become less noticeable.
Surgeon Gursharan Chana said: "The new treatment is not only cosmetically pleasing to the patient but afford extensive benefits including minimal blood loss, quicker mobilisation post surgery and less pain.
And if I can't do that myself I shall throw money at it," the cosmetically rejuvenated 62 years-old has announced.
Okay, the stadium was old but I'm sure that cosmetically it could have been smartened up which would have cost quite a few thousands but not millions of pounds, as the Ricoh Stadium was to cost.
After acquiring the remaining third of their 34,000 ss/f floor at 245 Park Avenue, SYA was asked to design their new 10,000 s/f space and- renovate Major parts of their existing space to accommodate departmental expansions and cosmetically tie the entire floor together.
As always, extreme makeover or not, if you're not happy with who you are on the inside, cosmetically changing the outside will never make up for it.