biological warfare


noun

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

Origin of biological warfare

First recorded in 1945–50
Also called biowarfare, germ warfare.
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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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Medicine 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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Culture definitions for biological warfare

biological warfare


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

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