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Descriptor English: Ants
Descriptor Spanish: Hormigas
Descriptor Portuguese: Formigas
Descriptor French: Fourmis
Entry term(s): Ant
Tree number(s): B01.050.500.131.617.720.500.500.875.205
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D001000
Scope note: Insects of the family Formicidae, very common and widespread, probably the most successful of all the insect groups. All ants are social insects, and most colonies contain three castes, queens, males, and workers. Their habits are often very elaborate and a great many studies have been made of ant behavior. Ants produce a number of secretions that function in offense, defense, and communication. (From Borror, et al., An Introduction to the Study of Insects, 4th ed, p676)
Annotation: /microbiol /parasitol /virol permitted; do not use /drug eff for insecticides: TN 111
Allowable Qualifiers: AH anatomy & histology
CH chemistry
CL classification
CY cytology
DE drug effects
EM embryology
EN enzymology
GD growth & development
GE genetics
IM immunology
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PH physiology
PS parasitology
PY pathogenicity
RE radiation effects
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
DeCS ID: 1005
Unique ID: D001000
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Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2017/07/11
Ants - Preferred
Concept UI M0001520
Scope note Insects of the family Formicidae, very common and widespread, probably the most successful of all the insect groups. All ants are social insects, and most colonies contain three castes, queens, males, and workers. Their habits are often very elaborate and a great many studies have been made of ant behavior. Ants produce a number of secretions that function in offense, defense, and communication. (From Borror, et al., An Introduction to the Study of Insects, 4th ed, p676)
Preferred term Ants
Entry term(s) Ant



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