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bioterrorism

[bahy-oh-ter-uh-riz-uh m]
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noun
  1. terrorist acts involving the use of harmful agents and products of biological origin, as disease-producing microorganisms or toxins.
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Origin of bioterrorism

First recorded in 1980–85; bio- + terrorism
Related formsbi·o·ter·ror·ist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bioterrorism

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bioterrorism in Culture

bioterrorism

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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bioterrorism

Terrorism that relies on spreading diseases, such as anthrax and smallpox.

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