[ bahy-oh-ter-uh-riz-uh m ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm /
terrorist acts involving the use of harmful agents and products of biological origin, as disease-producing microorganisms or toxins.
Related formsbi·o·ter·ror·ist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bioterrorism
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Culture definitions for bioterrorism (1 of 2)
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)
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