Definition of bioweapon in English:

bioweapon

noun

  • A harmful biological agent used as a weapon of war.

    • ‘‘The same advances in microbial genomics that could be used to produce bioweapons can also be used to set up countermeasures against them,’ they say.’
    • ‘Among the civilians, 30,000 died from firepower, 25,000 were injured and another 30,000 died from the poison gas and bacterial bioweapons.’
    • ‘The company is also in the bioweapons vaccine business, advises the military on biological and chemical warfare and provides experts and technicians for a host of advanced weaponry.’
    • ‘Wasn't he turned into another one of your bioweapons rather recently?’
    • ‘The event focused on whether and how research in the life sciences could be used by terrorists or how enemy states that produce bioweapons should be controlled.’
    • ‘No chemical weapons and no bioweapons in sight - only leaky pipes and empty vaccine bottles.’
    • ‘Others questioned myriad technical claims and suppositions in the report that led to the government's conclusion that the trailers were germ labs that could be used to cook up anthrax or other bioweapons.’
    • ‘For this reason, it is a potential bioweapon and was one of the first agents to be considered as a biological weapons agent.’
    • ‘Already, they've proven successful in hundreds of animal trials against bioweapons like anthrax and the plague, as well as against pandemics like malaria and TB, which claim millions of lives each year.’
    • ‘My guess is that we'll find small amounts of chemical weapons and perhaps some evidence of bioweapons factories - but no bioweapons themselves.’
    • ‘Efforts to prevent bioweapons development will fare even worse because the ‘footprint’ of a bioweapons development effort will be able to be incredibly smaller than that of a nuclear weapons development effort.’
    • ‘The genetic engineering of infectious agents for use in bioweapons is nothing new.’
    • ‘The range of threats from bioweapons can come from bacteria, viruses, and toxins, each with their own levels of mortality and potential for epidemic spread.’
    • ‘In addition, several chapters address general issues concerning bioweapons that can help educate health professionals about both the history and the possible implications of bioterrorism in the future.’
    • ‘Advances that enhance general abilities to study and manipulate biological materials will make it easier to make bioweapons.’
    • ‘But, with only a 4% mortality rate, this agent would be a poor choice as a bioweapon.’

Pronunciation:

bioweapon

/ˈbʌɪəʊˌwɛpən/