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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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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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