bioterror

noun, often attributive
bio·ter·ror | \ˌbī-ō-ˈter-ər, -ˈte-rər\

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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. refinery29.com, "This Is The Wild Ending Of Wild, Wild Country," 21 Mar. 2018 That's because while the real threat of bioterror is minimal—there have been only a handful of such attacks in modern history, and none since 2001—the risk of bio-error is actually quite high. Susan Scutti, Newsweek, "The Only Thing Scarier Than Bio-Warfare is the Antidote," 13 Mar. 2014 The government announced plans for the bioterror drills in a legal notice last month in Newkirk's weekly newspaper. Justin Juozapavicius, chicagotribune.com, "Native American tribes oppose planned bioterrorism tests near Oklahoma graves," 16 Dec. 2017 The government announced plans for the bioterror drills in a legal notice last month in Newkirk’s weekly newspaper. Washington Post, "Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves," 16 Dec. 2017 MUNICH—Bill Gates wants the U.S. military to focus more training on preparing to fight a global pandemic or bioterror attack. Julian E. Barnes, WSJ, "Bill Gates Urges Sharper Military Focus on Bioterror," 19 Feb. 2017 That prediction turned out to be unfounded, and over the decades, the EIS — and the rest of the US government — allowed concerns over bioterror to drift to the bottom of their priority list. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "Terror and Bioterror: 9/11 to 10/4 (Part 3)," 25 Sep. 2011

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1996, in the meaning defined above

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bioterror

noun, often attributive
bio·ter·ror | \-ˈter-ər \

Medical Definition of bioterror 

: bioterrorism a bioterror attack

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