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[hahy-poh-al-er-jen-ik] /ˌhaɪ poʊˌæl ərˈdʒɛn ɪk/
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
1950-55; hypo- + allergenic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hypoallergenic
  • There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic.
  • These come with beefed up air scrubbers, special coatings on all surfaces, and hypoallergenic everything.
  • Soon, hypoallergenic felines-cats that have little likelihood of causing an allergic reaction in humans-will be available.
  • Purchase water-based theatrical face paint that is non-toxic and hypoallergenic to create scary faces.
  • hypoallergenic rooms feature an air purifier and hypoallergenic bedding.
  • The hotel's rooms and suites come with hypoallergenic pillows and luxury bath amenities and are all non-smoking.
  • Guests can request special items such as fax machines or hypoallergenic pillows.
  • All staterooms face out at the river and feature private bath, television and hypoallergenic duvet.
  • Each of the inn's five guestrooms features hypoallergenic bedding and a private bathroom.
  • hypoallergenic rooms supply an indoor pollution-free environment for guests with allergies.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hypoallergenic in Medicine

hypoallergenic hy·po·al·ler·gen·ic (hī'pō-āl'ər-jěn'ĭk)
Having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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