bioterrorism

[ bahy-oh-ter-uh-riz-uh m ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm /

noun

terrorist acts involving the use of harmful agents and products of biological origin, as disease-producing microorganisms or toxins.

Origin of bioterrorism

First recorded in 1980–85; bio- + terrorism

Related forms

bi·o·ter·ror·ist, noun, adjective
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Culture definitions for bioterrorism (1 of 2)

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.)

Culture definitions for bioterrorism (2 of 2)

bioterrorism


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

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