bioterrorism

noun
bio·​ter·​ror·​ism | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce bioterrorism (audio) , -ə-ˌri- \

Definition of bioterrorism

: terrorism involving the use of biological weapons

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Other Words from bioterrorism

bioterrorist \ ˌbī-​ō-​ˈter-​ər-​ist How to pronounce bioterrorist (audio) , -​ə-​rist \ adjective or noun

Examples of bioterrorism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Agents like anthrax or smallpox remain among the most feared in connection with bioterrorism attacks. 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 The most recent case of bioterrorism in America took place in the aftermath of 9/11. 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 The newspaper reported that Alibek had profited from fears of bioterrorism to get $28 million in federal grants or contracts for himself or his employers. Brian Albrecht, cleveland.com, "Scientist who supervised Soviet biological weapons production now develops products to help people," 8 Sep. 2019 Climate change has been factored in since 2007, bioterrorism and artificial intelligence were included in 2015, and further causes for concern will no doubt be added in due course. Anthony Gottlieb, The New York Review of Books, "Accentuate the Positive," 7 Feb. 2019 They're kept in case of a bioterrorism or nuclear attack, or an infectious disease outbreak with pandemic potential, one of many warehouses across the country that are part of the $7 billion Strategic National Stockpile. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Forget the VA. It's not clear Ronny Jackson can do his current job.," 25 Apr. 2018 And the Department of Defense — which is interested in genome-editing as a potential bioterrorism threat — has poured a lot of money into CRISPR research. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Your daily dose of news in health and medicine.," 12 Apr. 2018 But after Clinton left office, bioterrorism became a far more pressing threat, in the wake of several anthrax attacks in 2001. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Remembering Grim Fandango: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 3 Nov. 2018 Even smallpox, whose eradication was one of the greatest achievements of cooperative human endeavor, could return—perhaps through bioterrorism aimed at a world of now-unprotected human beings. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Between Hope and Fear’ Review: Anxieties Immune to Reason," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of bioterrorism

1987, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioterrorism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioterrorism. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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bioterrorism

noun
bio·​ter·​ror·​ism | \ -ˈter-ər-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce bioterrorism (audio) \

Medical Definition of bioterrorism

: terrorism involving the use of biological weapons

Other Words from bioterrorism

bioterrorist \ -​ər-​əst How to pronounce bioterrorist (audio) \ adjective or noun

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