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.”
- ^ “hypoallergenic”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- Carmel Smyth (3 October 2000), “Hypoallergenic: What's in a Word?”, in Marketplace Microscope, CBC, archived from the original on 2004-06-10
- ^ “hypoallergenic”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.