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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.
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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