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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Adjective[edit]

hypoallergenic

  1. Containing fewer allergens; minimally allergenic.
  2. (immunology) Relating to a hypoallergen.

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Usage notes[edit]

The first sense of 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.”[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ hypoallergenic” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Carmel Smyth (3 October 2000) , “Hypoallergenic: What's in a Word?”, in Marketplace Microscope[1], CBC, archived from the original on 10 June 2004, retrieved 10 June 2004
  3. ^ hypoallergenic”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.