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
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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
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biological warfare

The use of micro-organisms capable of spreading and causing epidemics of disease, for military purposes.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

biological warfare

the use of living organisms, particularly microorganisms, or their products, to induce illness or death in a population.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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What can the lab do to help deal with a biological attack? Experts say the swift and accurate identification of infectious or toxic agents and the notification of the appropriate authorities is key.
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.
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