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weapon of mass destruction

Definitions of weapon of mass destruction
  1. noun
    a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
    synonyms: W.M.D., WMD
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    bioarm, biological weapon, bioweapon
    any weapon usable in biological warfare
    chemical weapon
    chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
    atomic weapon, nuclear weapon
    a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reaction
    high explosive
    a powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high rate
    Bacillus anthracis, anthrax bacillus
    a species of bacillus that causes anthrax in humans and in animals (cattle and swine and sheep and rabbits and mice and guinea pigs); can be used a bioweapon
    clostridium perfringens
    anaerobic Gram-positive rod bacterium that produces epsilon toxin; can be used as a bioweapon
    A-bomb, atom bomb, atomic bomb, fission bomb, plutonium bomb
    a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239)
    chemical bomb, gas bomb
    a bomb laden with chemical agents that are released when the bomb explodes
    bursting explosive, disrupting explosive
    a high explosive that is used to damage the target that is under attack
    H-bomb, fusion bomb, hydrogen bomb, thermonuclear bomb
    a nuclear weapon that releases atomic energy by union of light (hydrogen) nuclei at high temperatures to form helium
    megaton bomb
    a nuclear weapon with an explosive power equivalent to one million tons of TNT
    pepper spray
    a nonlethal aerosol spray made with the pepper derivative oleoresin capiscum; used to cause temporary blindness and incapacitate an attacker; also used as a bear deterrent
    aflatoxin
    a potent carcinogen from the fungus Aspergillus; can be produced and stored for use as a bioweapon
    poison gas
    a gas that is poisonous to breath or contact; used in chemical warfare
    botulin, botulinus toxin, botulismotoxin
    potent bacterial toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that causes botulism; can be used as a bioweapon
    SEB, staphylococcal enterotoxin B
    a form of staphylococcal enterotoxin that has been used as an incapacitating agent in biological warfare
    lachrymator, lacrimator, tear gas, teargas
    a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds
    type of:
    arm, weapon, weapon system
    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
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