germ warfare


Origin:
1935–40

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germ warfare
 
n
Also called: bacteriological warfare the military use of disease-spreading bacteria against an enemy

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Main Entry:  germ warfare
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See biowarfare
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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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Example sentences
We have created, for example, such cultural realities as racism and germ
  warfare.
Soon afterward, armies began to use infected fleas as ammunition in germ
  warfare.
No one mentioned plagues or germ warfare when the influenza epidemic first
  arrived.
These are designed to produce germ warfare agents, and can be moved from place
  to a place to evade inspectors.
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