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Very small (corpuscle-sized) devices that can enter the blood stream and destroy an enemy from within.
"Microscopic invaders were more of the threat nowadays. Just to name one example, there was the Red Death, a.k.a. the Seven Minute Special, a tiny aerodynamic capsule that burst open on impact and released a thousand or so corpuscle-sized bodies, known colloquially as cookie-cutters, into the victim's bloodstream. It took about seven minutes ... for the cookie cutters to be randomly distributed throughout the victim's organs and limbs.
A cookie-cutter was shaped like an aspirin tablet ... two tiny centrifuges. Detonation dissolved the bonds holding the centrifuges together so that each of a thousand or so ballisticules suddenly flew outward...The victim was just a big leaky sack of undifferentiated gore at this point and, of course, never survived."
From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
The key to this particular weapon is the sudden release of the kinetic energy concealed in the paired spinning ballisticules.