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superficial

[ soo-per-fish-uhl ]
/ ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl /
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adjective

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Origin of superficial

1375–1425; late Middle English superfyciall<Late Latin superficiālis, equivalent to Latin superfici(ēs) superficies + -ālis-al1
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British Dictionary definitions for superficial

superficial
/ (ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, being near, or forming the surfacesuperficial bruising
displaying a lack of thoroughness or carea superficial inspection
only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actualthe similarity was merely superficial
of little substance or significance; trivialsuperficial differences
lacking originality or profunditythe film's plot was quite superficial
(of measurements) involving only the surface area
superficiality (ˌsuːpəˌfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ) or rare superficialness, nounsuperficially, adverb
C14: from Late Latin superficiālis of the surface, from Latin superficies
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Medical definitions for superficial

superficial
[ sōō′pər-fĭshəl ]

adj.

Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.
Not thorough.
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