pheromone

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noun pher·o·mone \ˈfer-ə-ˌmōn\

Definition of pheromone

  1. :  a chemical substance that is usually produced by an animal and serves especially as a stimulus to other individuals of the same species for one or more behavioral responses

pheromonal

play \ˌfer-ə-ˈmō-nəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of pheromone

International Scientific Vocabulary phero- (from Greek pherein to carry) + -mone (as in hormone) — more at bear


First Known Use: 1959


PHEROMONE Defined for English Language Learners

pheromone

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noun pher·o·mone \ˈfer-ə-ˌmōn\

Definition of pheromone for English Language Learners

  • biology : a chemical substance that an animal or insect produces in order to attract other animals or insects and especially a mate


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pheromone

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noun pher·o·mone \ˈfer-ə-ˌmōn\

Medical Definition of pheromone

  1. :  a chemical substance that is produced by an animal and serves especially as a stimulus to other individuals of the same species for one or more behavioral responses—called also ectohormone


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