In Animals, a chemical secreted by an
endocrine gland whose products are released into the circulating fluid.
Plant hormones or synthetic hormones which are used only to alter or
control various physiologic processes, e.g., reproductive control agents,
are assigned to the ClassBiologicallyActiveSubstance. Hormones act as
chemical messengers and regulate various physiologic processes such as
growth, reproduction, metabolism, etc. They usually fall into two broad
categories, viz. steroid hormones and peptide hormones.