essential amino acid


noun Biochemistry.

any amino acid that is required by an animal for growth but that cannot be synthesized by the animal's cells and must be supplied in the diet.

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Origin of essential amino acid

First recorded in 1935–40
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Medical definitions for essential amino acid

essential amino acid

n.

An alpha-amino acid that is required for protein synthesis but cannot be synthesized by humans and must be obtained in the diet.
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