bioweapon

noun
bio·​weap·​on | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌwe-pən How to pronounce bioweapon (audio) \

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Some of those folks suggested that Lyme was developed as a bioweapon that would be carried by teeny-tiny ticks airdropped into enemy territory. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Is my Lyme disease part of a government conspiracy?," 12 Aug. 2019 In the distant future, Earth has been devastated by war and horrific bioweapons, and the remains of humanity live in corporate districts. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "10 new science fiction and fantasy novels to check out this August," 1 Aug. 2019 And which types of microbes would most likely be used as bioweapons? R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Some have questioned the seriousness of the threat posed by bioweapons. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 During the Cold War, the military worried that the Soviet Union might turn Ebola into a bioweapon, and researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases tried to develop vaccines against it as early as the 1980s. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "An Ebola Vaccine Gets Its First Real-World Test," 21 May 2018 But that is stirring worries that someone somewhere will use the spreading technology to create a bioweapon. Emily Baumgaertner, BostonGlobe.com, "As gene editing spreads, risk of biological weapons looms," 16 May 2018 The most pressing worry is that someone somewhere will use the spreading technology to create a bioweapon. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’," 14 May 2018 Before long, the team tracks down the man behind the violence: Robert King, a black-ops soldier who once tricked Abby into creating a bioweapon. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Pauley Perrette’s N.C.I.S. Exit Was an Emotional Farewell," 9 May 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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bioweapon

noun
bio·​weap·​on | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌwep-ən How to pronounce bioweapon (audio) \

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