noun, often attributive
bio·​ter·​ror | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈter-ər How to pronounce bioterror (audio) , -ˈte-rər \

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Recent Examples on the Web Imagine what could happen if the next act of bioterror targeted the salad bars of restaurants in Times Square. Ana Santos Rutschman, The Conversation, "Salad bars and water systems are easy targets for bioterrorists – and America’s monitoring system is woefully inadequate," 7 Nov. 2019 Tensions escalated to crimes, with the revelation that Ma Anand Sheela had been behind the 1984 mass food poisoning bioterror attack in The Dalles, which left more than 700 people ill after eating food contaminated with salmonella bacteria. oregonlive, "Ma Anand Sheela, of Oregon’s Rajneesh saga and ‘Wild Wild Country’ fame, will star in new Netflix documentary," 1 Nov. 2019 The contagious disease was eradicated in 1980 thanks to vaccination efforts, but there are concerns that it could be used in a bioterror attack. Helen Regan, CNN, "Explosion and fire break out at Russian lab known for housing deadly smallpox virus," 17 Sep. 2019 Should a truly novel pathogen appear—due to bioterror, bio error, or a natural run of bad luck in a world that can produce things like Ebola by chance—a defense centered on stockpiles could be swiftly outmaneuvered. Andrew Hessel, Ars Technica, "Printing vaccines at the pharmacy or at home will be the way of the future," 20 June 2019 From the screenwriter of Jurassic Park and a couple dozen other movies comes Cold Storage, a thriller that follows Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz as he's faced with a deadly being from his past. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Our most anticipated books for the second half of 2019," 8 June 2019 Wild Wild Country focuses on Sheela’s criminal activities and behind-the-scenes machinations — which, to be fair, included the largest bioterror attack in U.S. history. Anna Silman, The Cut, "9 Rajneeshpuram Residents on What Wild Wild Country Got Wrong," 19 Apr. 2018 Sheela’s house, where the group’s bioterror attack was planned, has been remodeled into suites for guests who help out at the camp in the summer and stay for about a month. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Rajneeshpuram Commune From Netflix's Wild Wild Country Is Now a Young Life Christian Youth Camp," 6 Apr. 2018 Tensions and fierce protectiveness of her people led Sheela to allegedly orchestrate what is still known as the largest bioterror attack in the United States., "This Is The Wild Ending Of Wild, Wild Country," 21 Mar. 2018

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1996, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioterror.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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noun, often attributive
bio·​ter·​ror | \ -ˈter-ər How to pronounce bioterror (audio) \

Medical Definition of bioterror

: bioterrorism a bioterror attack

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