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Pronunciation: e-sen'shal


  1. Necessary, indispensable, (essential amino acids, essential fatty acids).
  2. Characteristic of.
  3. Determining.
  4. Of unknown etiology.
  5. Relating to an essence (essential oil).

Synonym(s): intrinsic

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