Pheromone definition

fĕrə-mōn
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A chemical secreted by an animal, especially an insect, that influences the behavior or physiology of others of the same species, as by attracting members of the opposite sex or marking the route to a food source.
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Any of various chemical substances, secreted externally by certain animals, that convey information to, and produce specific responses in, other individuals of the same species.
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A chemical secreted by an animal, especially an insect, that influences the behavior or physiology of others of the same species, as by attracting members of the opposite sex or marking the route to a food source.
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A chemical secreted by an animal that influences the behavior or development of other members of the same species. Queen bees, for example, give off a pheromone that prevents other females in the hive from becoming sexually mature, with the result that only the queen bee mates and lays eggs. In many animal species, pheromones are used to establish territory and attract mates.
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(biology) A chemical secreted by an animal, especially an insect that affects the development or behavior of other members of the same species, functioning often as a means of attracting a member of the opposite sex.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pheromone
Plural:
pheromones

Origin of pheromone

  • Greek pherein to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots (hor)mone

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From φέρω (phero, “I bring, bear, carry”) and hormone.

    From Wiktionary