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disseminated intravascular coagulation

disseminated intravascular coagulation in Medicine

disseminated intravascular coagulation n.

Abbr. DIC A hemorrhagic disorder that occurs following the uncontrolled activation of clotting factors and fibrinolytic enzymes throughout small blood vessels, resulting in tissue necrosis and bleeding.

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