Definition of bioweapon in US English:



  • A biological weapon.

    ‘fears mount about smallpox as a bioweapon’
    • ‘Among the civilians, 30,000 died from firepower, 25,000 were injured and another 30,000 died from the poison gas and bacterial bioweapons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, with only a 4% mortality rate, this agent would be a poor choice as a bioweapon.’
    • ‘No chemical weapons and no bioweapons in sight - only leaky pipes and empty vaccine bottles.’
    • ‘Advances that enhance general abilities to study and manipulate biological materials will make it easier to make bioweapons.’
    • ‘For this reason, it is a potential bioweapon and was one of the first agents to be considered as a biological weapons agent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The genetic engineering of infectious agents for use in bioweapons is nothing new.’
    • ‘My guess is that we'll find small amounts of chemical weapons and perhaps some evidence of bioweapons factories - but no bioweapons themselves.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Wasn't he turned into another one of your bioweapons rather recently?’