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bioterrorism

[bahy-oh-ter-uh-riz-uh m] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
terrorist acts involving the use of harmful agents and products of biological origin, as disease-producing microorganisms or toxins.
Related forms
bioterrorist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bioterrorist
bioterrorism
by 1997, from bio- + terrorism.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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