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cosmetic surgery

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noun
  1. plastic surgery for improving a person's appearance by restoration of damaged areas of skin, removal of wrinkles or blemishes, etc.
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Origin of cosmetic surgery

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for cosmetic surgery

cosmetic surgery

noun
  1. surgery performed to improve the appearance, rather than for medical reasons
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cosmetic surgery in Medicine

cosmetic surgery

n.
  1. Surgery that modifies or improves the appearance of a physical feature, irregularity, or defect.
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