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any of several fat-soluble vitamins essential for normal vision; prevents night blindness or inflammation or dryness of the eyes A , antiophthalmic factor , axerophthol , vitamin A
non-essential item accessory
B vitamin that is essential for metabolism of amino acids and starch adermin , pyridoxal , pyridoxamine , pyridoxine , vitamin B6
added feature, not essential adjunct
something added to another thing but not an essential part of it adjunct
tiresome but essential details that must be taken care of and tasks that must be performed in running an organization administrivia
added and not essential adscititious , adventitious , extraneous , extrinsic , superfluous
essential part alpha and omega , core , cornerstone , crux , essence , gist , heart , linchpin , pith , soul
polyunsaturated fatty acid with 18 carbon atoms; the only omega-3 fatty acid found in vegetable products; it is most abundant in canola oil; a fatty acid essential for nutrition alpha-linolenic acid
erect hairy branching American herb having purple-blue flowers; yields an essential oil used as an insect repellent and sometimes in folk medicine American pennyroyal , Hedeoma pulegioides , pennyroyal
essential oil or perfume obtained from flowers atar , athar , attar , ottar
information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem background , background knowledge
essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim be-all and end-all , be all and end all
pale yellow essential oil obtained from bitter almonds by distillation from almond cake or meal bitter almond oil
tiny bits of protoplasm found in vertebrate blood; essential for blood clotting blood platelet , platelet , thrombocyte
important, essential matter bottom line
essential facts brass tacks , core , nitty-gritty
essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain carbohydrate , saccharide , sugar
choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience center , core , essence , gist , heart , heart and soul , inwardness , kernel , marrow , meat , nitty-gritty , nub , pith , substance , sum
circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health ch'i , chi , ki , qi
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