biological agent


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biological agent

[¦bī·ə¦läj·ə·kəl ′ā·jənt]
(ordnance)
Any of the viruses, microorganisms, and toxic substances derived from living organisms and used as offensive weapons to produce death or disease in humans, animals, and growing plants.
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There are four classifications for how biological agents can be used to harm or kill a person animal or plant.
The successful encapsulation of chemicals and biological agents would protect responders and the general public from exposure and expedite the safe removal of wastes.
This article provides pertinent information including (a) a description of bioterrorism and biological agents, (b) the psychological impact of bioterrorism, (c) school counselors' role in a school-related incident, and (d) disaster mental health principles and procedures.
The major risk posed in working with biological agents is the transmission of disease resulting in infection of other organisms.
Iraq denies any link between plans for unmanned aerial vehicles and dispersal of chemical or biological agents.
Public concern over biological agents has led to a stew of new customers for biological detection and monitoring systems.
Given our vulnerability to attack from biological agents, as evidenced recently in the anthrax releases, it is important to carefully assess and respond to potential proliferators.
It is one of the easiest biological agents to manufacture and relatively easy to develop as a weapon.
Since the demise of the former Soviet Union--once referred to as our "malefactor partner in the concept of mutually assured destruction"--our fears seem to focus far less on the threat of nuclear holocaust, and more on the threat of attack by chemical or biological agents.
After moving the hostages to the roof of the building due to the need to disperse the biological agent in the air, they demanded that the president or the secretary of defense admit to both deliberately contaminating the environment and endangering the health of the military forces and surrounding communities.
Indeed, it is possible to identify about a dozen instances in which a terrorist group possessed, attempted to acquire, or threatened to use a biological agent.
Punishes by fine and/or up to 10 years imprisonment knowing possession of a biological agent, toxin, or delivery system of a type or in quantity not "reasonably justified" by a research or other "peaceful purpose.

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