UK [kɒzˈmetɪk] / US [kɑzˈmetɪk] adjective
1) showing disapproval cosmetic changes only affect the appearance of something instead of its basic structure

Alterations to the original building have been largely cosmetic.

2) relating to the improvement of someone's appearance

Several nuts produce oils suitable for cosmetic use.

the cosmetic industry

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UK [kɒzˈmetɪklɪ] / US [kɑzˈmetɪklɪ] adverb

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