A concern in therapeutics for the appearance of the patient; i.e., an operation that improves appearance. [G. kosmesis, an adorning, fr. kosmeo, to order, arrange, adorn, fr. kosmos, order]

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cos·me·sis käz-'mē-səs n, pl -me·ses -.sēz
1) preservation, restoration, or enhancement of physical appearance <café au lait macules themselves require treatment only if \cosmesis is requested (D. L. Stulberg )(et al)> <the improved hip replacement resulted in a quicker recovery and better \cosmesis>
2) the outer aesthetic covering (as of silicone) of a limb prosthesis

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cos·me·sis (koz-meґsis) [Gr. kosmēsis an arranging or adorning] 1. the preservation, restoration, or bestowing of bodily beauty. 2. the surgical correction of a disfiguring physical defect.

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