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Diluent An agent that is used to dilute the substance or solution to which it is added.
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) A pathological condition in which blood to coagulates throughout the whole body. Consequently, the body becomes depleted of platelets and coagulation factors, and generalized bleeding occurs. This condition results from one of a number of possible underlying primary illnesses. DIC is associated with sepsis (especially from a gram-negative infection), obstetric complications, malignant cancers, trauma, and other conditions that result in the release of chemicals into the blood, instigating blood coagulation. Treatment requires that the primary illness be addressed. In some cases, heparins or anti-thrombin III may also be administered.