germ warfare

noun

Definition of germ warfare 

: the use of harmful microorganisms (such as bacteria) as weapons in war

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The Soviets had a keen interest in the Marburg virus in the 1980s and managed to develop an especially lethal strain after an accident at the Vector Institute, their germ warfare center in Siberia. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 The Soviets had a keen interest in the Marburg virus in the 1980s and managed to develop an especially lethal strain after an accident at the Vector Institute, their germ warfare center in Siberia. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 The Soviets had a keen interest in the Marburg virus in the 1980s and managed to develop an especially lethal strain after an accident at the Vector Institute, their germ warfare center in Siberia. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 The Soviets had a keen interest in the Marburg virus in the 1980s and managed to develop an especially lethal strain after an accident at the Vector Institute, their germ warfare center in Siberia. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 The Soviets had a keen interest in the Marburg virus in the 1980s and managed to develop an especially lethal strain after an accident at the Vector Institute, their germ warfare center in Siberia. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 The Soviets had a keen interest in the Marburg virus in the 1980s and managed to develop an especially lethal strain after an accident at the Vector Institute, their germ warfare center in Siberia. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 The Soviets had a keen interest in the Marburg virus in the 1980s and managed to develop an especially lethal strain after an accident at the Vector Institute, their germ warfare center in Siberia. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 The Soviets had a keen interest in the Marburg virus in the 1980s and managed to develop an especially lethal strain after an accident at the Vector Institute, their germ warfare center in Siberia. Lucy Cooke, Washington Post, "The batty, explosive history of bats in the military — and why this new idea just might work," 2 July 2018

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germ warfare

noun
germ war·fare | \-ˈwȯr-ˌfe(ə)r \

Medical Definition of germ warfare 

: the use of harmful microorganisms (as bacteria) as weapons in war

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