Agent Orange


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A·gent Or·ange

(ā'jent ōr'anj),
An herbicide and defoliant consisting of (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxy)acetic acid, (2,4-dichlorophenoxy) acetic acid, and dioxin, that was widely used during the Vietnam War; it has been shown to produce residual postexposure carcinogenic and teratogenic effects in humans.

Agent Orange

n.
A herbicide containing trace amounts of the toxic contaminant dioxin, used in the Vietnam War to defoliate areas of forest.

Agent Orange

a U.S. military code name for a mixture of two herbicides, 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T, used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1971. The herbicides were unintentionally contaminated with the highly toxic chemical dioxin, which is believed to cause cancer and birth defects in animals and has been established as a cause of chloracne and porphyria cutanea tarda in humans. See also dioxin.
A herbicide contaminated with 1-20 ppm of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), causing chloracne, cancer, altered enzyme levels, porphyrin metabolism, and immune dysfunction; because TCDD stores in adipose tissue, its long-term effects are currently unknown

agent orange

A defoliant preparation containing the very toxic heterocyclic hydrocarbon DIOXIN. Agent orange was widely used in the Vietnam war and is thought to have been the cause of many cases of cancer and of congenital malformations among the exposed population.
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My Agent Orange work and other assignments drove home the limitations of mass media and the print medium in the 1980's and 1990's.
I'm not going to blame everything that's happened to (my health) on Vietnam and Agent Orange.
The commitment of the government and peoples of Vietnam towards the victims of Agent Orange in the circumstances can only be commended.
District Court in Brooklyn in 2003 by the Vietnamese Association of Victims of Agent Orange.
And some of his photographs are now being used as evidence in ongoing court cases brought by Agent Orange victims against the USA.
At the end of January, the Vietnam Agent Orange Victims' Association and three of the estimated 3 million Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange filed a lawsuit in the US federal court in Brooklyn against a number of US chemical manufacturers.
Agent Orange was developed for military use and designed to clear vegetation.
For more information about Agent Orange, contact VA's Gulf War/Agent Orange Helpline at 1-800-749-8387 or visit www.
military dispersed over Vietnam approximately 72 million litres of herbicides, including 40 million litres of Agent Orange (Vietnam Investment Review 2000).
I WAS staggered to read Paul Barrett's anti-Americanism reflected in his ridiculous comparisons of the killing of the Hussein brothers with Mylai, Agent Orange and the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Three years earlier I had agreed to help a retired navy admiral gain compensation for Vietnam War veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange.