Definition of pheromone in English:


Line breaks: phero|mone
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛrəməʊn


  • A chemical substance produced and released into the environment by an animal, especially a mammal or an insect, affecting the behaviour or physiology of others of its species.
    More example sentences
    • Once an enterprising hornet scouts out a bee colony, it marks the nest with a type of bodily chemical substance called a pheromone.
    • Bluntnose minnows probably release chemicals called pheromones when they are alarmed.
    • In most species, the pheromones act as attractants and sexual stimulants.



Pronunciation: /-ˈməʊn(ə)l/
More example sentences
  • Red-backed salamanders, Plethodon cinereus, use territorial advertisement in the form of agonistic displays and pheromonal scent marking as a mechanism for intraspecific interference competition.
  • Thus, females that attempted to avoid courtship (as predicted under the hypothesis of sexual conflict) might be able to do so by selecting sites with fewer pheromonal cues from males.
  • Urine signals, excreted through nephropores located near the base of the antennae, are a likely source of pheromonal cues in decapods.


1950s: from Greek pherein 'convey' + hormone.

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