cos·​me·​ceu·​ti·​cal ˌkäz-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce cosmeceutical (audio)
: a cosmetic preparation that has pharmaceutical properties

Examples of cosmeceutical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examples of biomanufactured products include pharmaceuticals, textiles, food ingredients, fuel enzymes, cosmeceuticals and more. Melik Demirel, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 The lines between industries such as Big Pharma and Big Food are blurring—witness the growth of nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. The Economist, 11 July 2019

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Word History


cosmetic + pharmaceutical

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cosmeceutical was in 1985

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“Cosmeceutical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


cos·​me·​ceu·​ti·​cal ˌkäz-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl How to pronounce cosmeceutical (audio)
: a preparation (as of benzoyl peroxide or retinol) that possesses both cosmetic and pharmaceutical properties
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