germ war-fare

germ warfare


Origin:
1935–40

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

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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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