hypoallergenic

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Etymology[edit]

Coined between 1950 and 1955 from hypo- + allergenic.[1] Some say that it was coined by advertisers in 1953.[2] Merriam-Webster puts the date at 1940.[3]

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hypoallergenic

  1. Containing fewer allergens.

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Usage notes[edit]

The term is used by advertisers for cosmetics, jewelry, pets, food, and so on, but it does not have a precise medical meaning. The FDA tells consumers, “There are no federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term hypoallergenic. The term hypoallergenic means whatever a particular company wants it to mean.”[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hypoallergenic" in Dictionary.com
  2. ^ “Hypoallergenic: What's in a Word?”
  3. ^ "Hypoallergenic" in Merriam-Webster
  4. ^ “Hypoallergenic: What's in a Word?”