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 In 1984, Sheela orchestrated a large-scale bioterror attack, contaminating the salad bars at ten restaurants in Oregon in hope of rendering people unable to vote and help sway a county election in favour of the cult's own candidates. Jessie Lau For Cnn, CNN, 5 May 2022 In 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation linked the attacks to a scientist working at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the federal government’s bioterror-defense lab. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 4 Oct. 2021 Perhaps some rogue technology — nuclear weapons, bioterror attacks — will kill enough people to reverse the great escape. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Some who could afford to moved out of New York City, others purchased personal protective equipment or gas masks in case of a bioterror attack, and many feared traveling on public transportation, Ramirez said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2020 At a minimum, the order will apply to drugs and supplies needed to combat emergencies such as pandemics, bioterror attacks and other national security threats, Navarro said. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2020 Imagine what could happen if the next act of bioterror targeted the salad bars of restaurants in Times Square. Ana Santos Rutschman, The Conversation, 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, 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, 17 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bioterror

1996, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioterror.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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