|essential amino acid||medical dictionary|
<biochemistry> Those amino acids that cannot be synthesised by an organism and must therefore be present in the diet. The term is often applied anthropocentrically to those amino acids required by humans (Ileu, Leu, Lys, Met, Phe, Thr, Try, & Val), though rats need two more (Arg & His).
(11 Mar 2008)
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