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[bahy-oh-ter-uh-riz-uh m] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm/
terrorist acts involving the use of harmful agents and products of biological origin, as disease-producing microorganisms or toxins.
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bioterrorist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for bioterrorism

also bio-terrorism, by 1997, from bio- + terrorism. Related: Bioterrorist.

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bioterrorism in Culture

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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