biodefense

noun, often attributive bio·de·fense \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-di-ˈfen(t)s \
|Updated on: 25 May 2018

Definition of biodefense

: the means or methods of preventing, detecting, or managing an attack involving biological weapons

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1977

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biodefense

noun bio·de·fense \ -di-ˈfen(t)s \

medical Definition of biodefense

: the means or methods of preventing, detecting, or managing an attack involving biological weapons
  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases money will continue to support research in biodefense and emerging infectious diseases throughout the Midwest.
  • St. Louis Business Journal25 June 2009
often used before another noun
  • … funding for biodefense research and public-health preparedness has soared …
  • DiscoverJuly 2006

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