germ warfare

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germ warfare

n.
The use of injurious microorganisms, such as bacteria or viruses, as weapons in warfare.
A hypothetical military technique that could be used by either nations or non-governmental bodies—e.g., the use of pathogens—viruses, bacteria, other disease-causing biological agents, or the toxins produced by them as biological weapons
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In December 1996 the US Justice Department's Criminal Division announced that it had drawn up an immigration `ban list' of Japanese believed to be responsible for war crimes; three of the twelve (unidentified) people on that list were thought to be associated with the Comfort Women system, the others being former members of the Harbin-based `Unit 731' responsible for bacteriological warfare in China and many horrific crimes against prisoners.