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 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, "Like 9/11, COVID-19 has stripped away Americans' sense of security as they wonder how safe they really are," 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, "Trump order requires government to ‘buy American’ for certain essential drugs," 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, "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

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1996, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioterror.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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