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Pronunciation: an-dros′ten-ol

Definition: A substance that is a postulated pheromone; it is found in male sweat, where it is oxidized to androstenone. In tests, women like the dry, musky smell of androstenol but find androstenone has a chemical, urinelike odor; ovulating women react neutrally. It is the main constituent of boar pheromone and is present in truffles.

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