biocontainment

noun
bio·​con·​tain·​ment | \ˌbī-ō-kən-ˈtān-mənt \

Definition of biocontainment 

: the containment of extremely pathogenic organisms (such as viruses) usually by isolation in secure facilities to prevent their accidental release especially during research

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In a lot of other shows, Gabriel’s (unfounded) worries about William’s loyalty would have led to an attempt to kill him in his highly secure biocontainment room. Mike Hale, New York Times, "‘The Americans’ Season 4 Finale: What Lies Ahead," 8 June 2016

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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biocontainment

noun
bio·​con·​tain·​ment | \-kən-ˈtān-mənt \

Medical Definition of biocontainment 

: the containment of extremely pathogenic organisms (such as viruses) usually by isolation in secure facilities to prevent their accidental release especially during research often used before another noun Before we can leave the biocontainment area, we must remove our borrowed coveralls and shower thoroughly.— Glenn Zorpette, Scientific American, June 2000

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