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The cultural and philosophical concepts of cosmetics in beauty and art through the medical history of mankind

      The word cosmetic, kosmétikos, means “skilled in adornment.” Kosmein means “arrange,” or “adorn.” Kosmos means “order:” It also means “to make for beauty, especially of the complextion, or beautifying,”; it also means “done or made for the sake of appearance,” or “correcting defects especially of the face.” More than that it is “decorative,” or “ornamental.”

      Merriam-Webster’s ninth new collegiate dictionary. Spring field, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1991; 294.

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