|Origin:||kosmetikos 'skilled in decoration', from kosmein 'to arrange, decorate', from kosmos; COSMOS|
dealing with the outside appearance rather than the important part of something [= superficial]:
We're making a few cosmetic changes to the house before we sell it.
Many MPs denounced the resolution as a cosmetic exercise (=something which will look good, but have no real effect).
intended to make your hair, skin, body etc look more attractive:
the cosmetic industry
Are you on the diet for health or cosmetic reasons?