1. terrorist acts involving the use of harmful agents and products of biological origin, as disease-producing microorganisms or toxins.

also bio-terrorism, by 1997, from bio- + terrorism. Related: Bioterrorist.

The use of biological agents as weapons of terror. Anthrax bacteria are one such agent, while smallpox is considered one of the more likely lethal viruses that could serve as a weapon of bioterror. (See germ warfare.)

Terrorism that relies on spreading diseases, such as anthrax and smallpox.

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