from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chemical secreted by an animal, especially an insect, that influences the behavior or development of others of the same species, often functioning as an attractant of the opposite sex.
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- n. 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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- n. a chemical substance secreted externally by some animals (especially insects) that influences the physiology or behavior of other animals of the same species
Greek pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots + (hor)mone.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From φέρω (phero, "I bring, bear, carry") and hormone. (Wiktionary)