biological warfare

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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

biological warfare

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Warfare in which disease-producing microorganisms, toxins, or organic biocides, e.g., Bacillus anththracis or Yersinia pestis are deliberately used to destroy, injure, or immobilize livestock, vegetation, or human life, as by causing diseases, e.g., anthrax or plague.
Synonym: biowar See: chemical warfare

biological warfare

The use of micro-organisms capable of spreading and causing epidemics of disease, for military purposes.

biological warfare

the use of living organisms, particularly microorganisms, or their products, to induce illness or death in a population.
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Hopes were also placed in the power of the so-called 'Open Air Factor', a belief that air pollution could combat biological attack by killing micro-organisms.
civil aviation presence in the world, combined with the vulnerable state of aviation preparedness to combat and respond to biological attacks, creates a significant risk to airports, air carriers, and the American public.
Data collected from the tests will also help scientists to find a way to warn the public in case of a chemical or biological attack.
The ``routine discussions'' were now of an ``urgent'' nature, he said, with the threat to Heathrow Airport increasing the need for every force in the UK to possess the means in which to battle against chemical and biological attack.
We must confront the truth: this war is a biological attack against humanity and the environment.
The lab's microbiology and toxicology departments will be crucial in your facility's response plan, so it will be important to support them with the training and resources they need to carry out those important first steps of correctly identifying a biological attack and its agent(s).
The threat of biological attack is increasingly used by terrorists to blackmail governments and President Clinton has predicted a major attack in the US within five years.
The broadcast describing the military and public health response is intended for military, medical, and public health professionals, who will learn how to recognize a biological attack, investigate the event, treat casualties, prevent the spread of the agent, and manage the proper medical response.
At the same time, the United States does need nuclear weapons to deter not only nuclear attack but also biological attack, which could be just as deadly and which might not be deterred by the threat of U.
At the 1977 Senate hearing, Pentagon representatives insisted that the germ spraying was only intended to track the airborne bacteria and calculate the number of people who might be affected by a real biological attack.
While I agree with the theme that the best defense to a biological attack is a good response, it is essential that we have the necessary medical countermeasures with which to respond and at present we do not.
Osama bin Laden's terrorist network is seeking materi-als and expertise for a nuclear, chemical or biological attack, the official said.

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