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designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, as by containing relatively few or no potentially irritating substances: hypoallergenic cosmetics.

Origin of hypoallergenic

First recorded in 1950–55; hypo- + allergenic
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British Dictionary definitions for hypoallergenic



(of cosmetics, earrings, etc) not likely to cause an allergic reaction
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Word Origin and History for hypoallergenic

1950, from hypo- + allergen + -ic.

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hypoallergenic in Medicine




Having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction.
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