Definition of biowarfare in US English:



  • Biological warfare, including the use of toxins of biological origin or microorganisms as weapons of war.

    • ‘Back in 2003 David L. Englin, a US military officer, made a strong case for universal health insurance on national security grounds, especially as a defense against biowarfare.’
    • ‘It's a tremendously important academic and scientific institution that grew out of the ashes of America's offensive biowarfare program.’
    • ‘Additional work must go toward defense against pathogens and toxins developed as weapons of terrorism and biowarfare…’
    • ‘Chapter five, which deals with the spectre of bioterrorism and biowarfare, prognosticates with frightening plausibility on the worst, largely unregulated modern evil.’
    • ‘Safeguards are needed to ensure fulfillment of that trust, in particular, to ensure that science is not used in bioterrorism or biowarfare.’
    • ‘Last year the United States, alone among the nations of the world, rejected the Kyoto global warming accords, a plan for an international criminal court of justice, and a treaty strengthening protections against biowarfare.’
    • ‘Stores of smallpox, however, are kept in a few places around the world and could be used in biowarfare.’
    • ‘Untoward events, natural or deliberate, such as those due to terrorism or biowarfare may appear simultaneously in multiple locations.’
    • ‘In addition to the thinktank, Mr Bush called for a government centre that would focus on weapons of mass destruction and prevent the trafficking of biowarfare.’
    • ‘It purportedly screens for pathogens involved in disease or biowarfare.’
    • ‘The major threat of biowarfare was described by Dr Edmiston.’
    • ‘They confiscated scientific apparatus, computers, and research books whose subjects reportedly included bioterrorism, biowarfare, and correspondence.'’
    • ‘The New York team's work, published yesterday in the online version of the journal Science, alarmed polio specialists, but also prompted concerns that other viruses more suitable for biowarfare, such as smallpox, could be synthesised.’
    • ‘Awareness of the threat of microbial spread has increased because biowarfare has challenged our mind-set and made us realize that we no longer can take our safety for granted.’
    • ‘I'm going to give you three steps we need to do to prepare this nation better for bioterrorism or biowarfare.’