Definitions for "Biological Agent"
microorganisms or their products used to cause disease, incapacitation, death, or material destruction. It may be a live agent or a toxin produced by the agent. A toxin is produced through the metabolic activities of living organisms, including protein or polypeptides. The bioregulators/modulators are biochemical compounds that occur naturally in organisms such as peptides or other small molecules. The pathogen in a biological weapon may be bacteria, mycoplasma, rickettsia, fungi, or virus.
(JP 1-02) - A microorganism that causes disease in personnel, plants, or animals or causes the deterioration of materiel.
any bacterium or virus or toxin that could be used in biological warfare
a "designer molecule" made to hit a specific target