Definition of cosmeceutical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkɒzməˈs(j)uːtɪk(ə)l/


A cosmetic that has or is claimed to have medicinal properties.
Example sentences
  • After launching his range of cosmeceuticals recently, he was here again conducting a seminar for beauticians on Sunday.
  • Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are applied externally, but work by affecting the skin's biological functions.
  • Also emerging is a new line of skin-care products known as cosmeceuticals - perfect for the medical spas - such as soaps and cleansers not readily available in stores, but offered without a prescription by physicians.


1980s: blend of cosmetic and pharmaceutical.

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