Definition of cosmeceutical in English:

cosmeceutical

Line breaks: cosme|ceut¦ical
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒzməˈsuːtɪk(ə)l
 
, -ˈsjuː-/

noun

  • A cosmetic that has or is claimed to have medicinal properties.
    More 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.

Origin

1980s: blend of cosmetic and pharmaceutical.

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