DIC -->
disseminated intravascular coagulation
medical dictionary

<haematology> Complication of septic shock in which endotoxin (from gram-negative bacteria) induces systemic clotting of the blood, probably indirectly through the effect of endotoxin on neutrophils.

It may also develop in other situations where neutrophils become systemically hyperactivated.

Acronym: DIC

(11 Jan 1998)