weapons of mass destruction


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weap·ons of mass de·struc·tion

(WMD) (wep'ŏnz mas dĕ-strŭk'shŭn)
1. Weapons capable of producing widespread damage to buildings, facilities, and equipment. These weapons include high explosives and nuclear bombs using fission and fusion.
2. A legal term referring to high explosives, to nuclear weapons, but also misleadingly, to nondestructive unconventional mass casualty weapons to include biologic warfare agents, chemical warfare agents, and point sources of radiation.
See also: mass-casualty weapons
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