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noun
warfare that makes use of bacteria, viruses, toxins, etc., to disable or destroy people, domestic animals, and food crops. Abbreviation: B.W.
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Also called biowarfare, germ warfare.

Origin of biological warfare

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for biological warfare

biological warfare

noun
the use of living organisms or their toxic products to induce death or incapacity in humans and animals and damage to plant crops, etcAbbreviation: BW
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Medical definitions for biological warfare

biological warfare

n.
The use of disease-producing microorganisms, toxic biological products, or organic biocides to cause death or injury to humans, animals, or plants.
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Cultural definitions for biological warfare

biological warfare

The use of biological agents as weapons in warfare. Also called germ warfare.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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