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germ warfare

Origin of germ warfare
1935-1940
1935-40
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  • Andy's first glance caught such phrases as "alleged Russian plot" and "germ warfare" and "authorities hopelessly baffled."

    The Plague Teddy Keller
  • Perhaps the military who wanted the antitoxins for germ warfare were waiting quietly for him either to talk or die.

    Games Katherine MacLean
British Dictionary definitions for germ warfare

germ warfare

noun
1.
the military use of disease-spreading bacteria against an enemy Also called bacteriological warfare
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germ warfare in Culture

germ warfare definition


The use of microorganisms in war to injure or destroy humans, animals, or crops. This type of warfare is outlawed by international treaty, but facilities for developing biological weapons exist in some countries. (See bioterrorism and biological warfare.)

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