pheromone


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pher·o·mone

 (fĕr′ə-mōn′)
n.
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.

[Greek pherein, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots + (hor)mone.]

pher′o·mon′al adj.

pheromone

(ˈfɛrəˌməʊn)
n
(Zoology) a chemical substance, secreted externally by certain animals, such as insects, affecting the behaviour or physiology of other animals of the same species
[C20: phero-, from Greek pherein to bear + (hor)mone]

pher•o•mone

(ˈfɛr əˌmoʊn)

n.
any chemical substance released by an animal that serves to influence the physiology or behavior of other members of the same species.
[1959; < Greek phér(ein) to bear, bring + -o- + (hor) mone]
pher`o•mo′nal, adj.

pher·o·mone

(fĕr′ə-mōn′)
A chemical that is secreted by an animal and influences the behavior or development of other animals of the same species. For example, the male and female of many species establish territory and attract mates by means of pheromones. Queen bees give off a substance that prevents other females in the hive from becoming sexually mature, with the result that only the queen bee mates and lays eggs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pheromone - a chemical substance secreted externally by some animals (especially insects) that influences the physiology or behavior of other animals of the same species
secretion - a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell
Translations

pheromone

[ˈferəməʊn] Nferomona f
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