cosmeceutical

noun
cos·​me·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce cosmeceutical (audio) \

Definition of cosmeceutical

: a cosmetic preparation that has pharmaceutical properties

Examples of cosmeceutical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lines between industries such as Big Pharma and Big Food are blurring—witness the growth of nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. The Economist, "The business of the body," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of cosmeceutical

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cosmeceutical

cosmetic + pharmaceutical

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“Cosmeceutical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmeceutical. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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cosmeceutical

noun
cos·​me·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl How to pronounce cosmeceutical (audio) \

Medical Definition of cosmeceutical

: a preparation (as of benzoyl peroxide or retinol) that possesses both cosmetic and pharmaceutical properties

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