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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Origin of biological warfare
First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for biological warfare
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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Medicine definitions for biological warfare
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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Culture definitions for biological warfare
The use of biological agents as weapons in warfare. Also called germ warfare.
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