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

Other Words from bioterrorism

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

Examples of bioterrorism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, future pandemics might be caused by bioterrorism by using agents such as anthrax, or smallpox. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 9 May 2022 Smallpox research in the United States focuses on the development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tests to protect people against smallpox in the event that it is used as an agent of bioterrorism, according to the CDC. CBS News, 19 Nov. 2021 The school said the lab is one of about a dozen nationwide commissioned by the institute after the 9/11 attacks to study very contagious pathogens as a safeguard against bioterrorism. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 The exercise features a bioterrorism attack in Denver, a chemical warfare attack in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and other activities in Washington. CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 The Post reported last year that Emergent had benefited from billions of dollars in federal contracts as health officials directed public spending toward the threat of bioterrorism attacks at the expense of some preparations for a pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2021 The Post reported last year that Emergent had benefited from billions of dollars in federal contracts as health officials directed public spending toward the threat of bioterrorism attacks at the expense of some preparations for a pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2021 The Post reported last year that Emergent had benefited from billions of dollars in federal contracts as health officials directed public spending toward the threat of bioterrorism attacks at the expense of some preparations for a pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2021 The Post reported last year that Emergent had benefited from billions of dollars in federal contracts as health officials directed public spending toward the threat of bioterrorism attacks at the expense of some preparations for a pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bioterrorism

1987, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2022

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“Bioterrorism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioterrorism. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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 bioterrorism (audio) \ adjective or noun

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