bio-terrorism

bioterrorism

[bahy-oh-ter-uh-riz-uhm]
noun
terrorist acts involving the use of harmful agents and products of biological origin, as disease-producing microorganisms or toxins.

bioterrorist, noun, adjective
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bio-terrorism or bio-terror
 
n
the use of living organisms and their toxic products to kill or incapacitate, esp as a political weapon
 
bio-terror or bio-terror
 
n
 
'bio-terrorist or bio-terror
 
adj, —n

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bioterrorism
by 1997, from bio- + terrorism.
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bioterrorism definition


Terrorism that relies on spreading diseases, such as anthrax and smallpox.

bioterrorism definition


The use of biological agents as weapons of terror. Anthrax bacteria are one such agent, while smallpox is considered one of the more likely lethal viruses that could serve as a weapon of bioterror. (See germ warfare.)

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