Definition of Agent Orange in US English:

Agent Orange


  • A defoliant chemical used by the US in the Vietnam War.

    • ‘The area was used to store toxic waste by the company, which operated next to the proposed park site until 1985, producing pesticides, herbicides and Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘Our air offensive, with the use of defoliants such as Agent Orange, has seriously reduced their strength in the trees and their capacity to wage war on the ground.’
    • ‘The suit said up to four million Vietnamese people suffered from dioxin poisoning due to Agent Orange, a defoliant dumped by US warplanes on Vietnamese jungles to destroy sources of food and cover.’
    • ‘Dioxin was the contaminant in the herbicide Agent Orange, used as a defoliant in the Vietnam war and thought to have caused numerous health problems in veterans of that war.’
    • ‘In Vietnam, two million Vietnamese civilians were killed, mostly by American bombing and the extensive use of chemical weapons like Agent Orange and napalm.’
    • ‘Dioxin was the primary toxic component of Agent Orange, a defoliant used during the Vietnam war.’
    • ‘What makes Dr Albanese's claims more disturbing is that he was a member of the medical team that first identified Agent Orange - a defoliant used during the Vietnam War - as the cause of unexplained cancers in American veterans.’
    • ‘They want compensation for the use of Agent Orange and other chemicals by the Americans to defoliate the jungle in which Vietnamese forces operated.’
    • ‘Much of the Vietnamese countryside was defoliated using poisons like Agent Orange, so toxic that even the soldiers who did the spraying suffered long-term damage to their health.’
    • ‘Likely as a result of exposure to heavy doses of Agent Orange defoliant in Vietnam, he contracted a virulent form of leukemia that would pull him down in his early 60s.’
    • ‘The U.S. military reportedly sprayed 41.8 million liters of Agent Orange, a defoliant intended to destroy forest cover, between 1961 and 1970.’
    • ‘The effects of Round-Up Ultra are not that much different from Agent Orange, the defoliant used to such malign effect by the US in Southeast Asia.’
    • ‘A herbicide used in the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange - widely used during the US war in Vietnam - was still being used in Australia as late as 1985.’
    • ‘Brad believed that his symptoms were the result of exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide used to defoliate the Vietnam jungles.’
    • ‘It is very reminiscent of Vietnam - we were told that Agent Orange was just a defoliant, but we see today tens of thousands of Vietnamese suffer long term effects.’
    • ‘This echoes the wave of such birth deformities following the US's use of the pesticide Agent Orange as a chemical weapon in the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘Dr Albanese was in the team that first identified Agent Orange, a defoliant used during the Vietnam War, as the cause of unexplained cancers in American veterans.’
    • ‘U.S. military forces sprayed Agent Orange and other defoliants over parts of South Vietnam and Cambodia beginning in 1962, she said.’
    • ‘Decades after the wartime defoliant Agent Orange was sprayed over the country, dioxin continues to contaminate people through the food chain in present-day Vietnam, according to a study released yesterday.’
    • ‘Vietnam wants the U.S. to step up its humanitarian assistance to help the country deal with the consequences of the war, including the lingering effects of Agent Orange, a toxic chemical defoliant used by U.S. forces.’


Agent Orange

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