bioweapon


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

bi·o·wea·pon

 (bī′ō-wĕp′ən)

bioweapon

(ˈbaɪəʊˌwɛpən)
n
(Military) a living organism or a toxic product manufactured from it, used to kill or incapacitate
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bioweapon - any weapon usable in biological warfarebioweapon - any weapon usable in biological warfare; "they feared use of the smallpox virus as a bioweapon"
anthrax bacillus, Bacillus anthracis - a species of bacillus that causes anthrax in humans and in animals (cattle and swine and sheep and rabbits and mice and guinea pigs); can be used a bioweapon
clostridium perfringens - anaerobic Gram-positive rod bacterium that produces epsilon toxin; can be used as a bioweapon
W.M.D., weapon of mass destruction, WMD - a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
aflatoxin - a potent carcinogen from the fungus Aspergillus; can be produced and stored for use as a bioweapon
botulin, botulinus toxin, botulismotoxin - potent bacterial toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that causes botulism; can be used as a bioweapon
SEB, staphylococcal enterotoxin B - a form of staphylococcal enterotoxin that has been used as an incapacitating agent in biological warfare
Translations

bioweapon

[ˈbaɪəʊˌwepən] Narma f biológica

bioweapon

bio-weapon [ˈbaɪəʊwɛpən] narme f biologique

bioweapon

nBiowaffe f
References in periodicals archive ?
He discusses the challenges for such states; nuclear proliferation, deterrence, and evolving security relationships; options and constraints on new nuclear states; biological proliferation and the future of warfare; options and constraints on new bioweapon states, and policy recommendations.
The demonstration of treatment safety is a primary endpoint in human studies as human efficacy studies of bioweapon threats are not permissible.
If a trace of anthrax or another potential bioweapon is found in a healthcare facility and the facility has to shut down its operations at the affected site and move patients to other locations, its loss of income and extra expenses will probably be covered.
Not only a fan of the TV series, Abrams is obviously a Hitchcock nut as well, providing a plot that relies entirely on a macguffin everyone refers to as the 'rabbit's foot' and which may or may not be an 'anti-God' bioweapon that can destroy the world.
Unfortunately that also includes, with the development of the "Bioweapon", a new tool for terrorism.
From the labs of the former Soviet Union where Russian scientists worked on engineering strains of plague to be vaccine-resistant to other threats of plague's potential as a bioweapon, Plague is a hard-hitting discussion with social and political ramifications for international public health decisions.
(3,4,5) The challenge of adapting these techniques for pathogen identification has been met and is now being elaborated for the most important bioweapon pathogens.
Under the terms of the agreement, EraGen will develop diagnostic tests from its GeneCode System technology--a high-throughput genotyping assay--that address Category A bioweapon agents, which include organisms that are easily transmitted and carry a high mortality rate, such as anthrax and smallpox.
There is evidence to suggest that they may also be considering the use of counterfeit drugs as a bioweapon.
b BEYOND SMALLPOX: OTHER BIOWEAPONS Unfortunately, smallpox is only one of several potential biological agents that can be exploited as a bioweapon.
Bacillus anthracis, the bioweapon that causes the disease anthrax, has had the United States in its thrall for several months.