biological warfare

noun

: warfare involving the use of biological weapons
also : warfare involving the use of herbicides

Examples of biological warfare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doing synthetic biology right Say North Korea, or a terrorist group, wants to dabble in biological warfare. Kelsey Piper, Vox, 10 May 2024 Theories abound regarding the depictions of various macabre doomsday scenarios and allusions to biological warfare. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 18 May 2024 That revelation, in turn, suggested that the couple had engaged in several violations of security rules at the laboratory, portions of which are designed for work on the world’s most lethal microbes, including ones that could be used for biological warfare. Ian Austen, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Many in China also perceive the United States as a potential biological warfare threat. Yanzhong Huang, Foreign Affairs, 5 Mar. 2020 See all Example Sentences for biological warfare 

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biological warfare was in 1921

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“Biological warfare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biological%20warfare. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

biological warfare

noun
: warfare involving the use of biological weapons

Medical Definition

biological warfare

noun
biological war·​fare -ˈwȯr-ˌfa(ə)r, -ˌfe(ə)r How to pronounce biological warfare (audio)
: warfare involving the use of biological weapons
also : warfare involving the use of herbicides

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