Definition of pheromone
: 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
pheromonalplay \ˌfer-ə-ˈmō-nəl\ adjective
Recent Examples of pheromone from the Web
Like many other fungi, Baker’s yeast has mating receptors, proteins on its cell surface that detect pheromones released by potential partners.
Philip, a simmering stew of gallantry and pheromones; and Rachel, grateful and circumspect, either a tragic widow or something far more sinister.
The long-lasting legacy was cooperation among scientists and the development of things like pheromones, and investment in institutions like the USDA.
Well, that’s where this novel begins to rise aloft, on chemicals, pheromones and the power of the author’s interrogative grace.
Things like Thundershirts, calming supplements, or pheromones are widely available to help pets deal with anxiety.
In a 2016 interview, Scott pointed out that males may add cocktails of pheromones to the silk threads, which could make a female more interested in the male.
Dog Appeasing Pheromone Adaptil is one such product that mimics the pheromone that mothers emit after giving birth to their puppies, according to its website.
And it’s not just ants and pheromones… plan on learning a bit about visual comprehension (by machines), public relations, autonomous sniper rifles, cargo containers and ships, and ravens.
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PHEROMONE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Medical Definition of pheromone
: 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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