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or Caesarian

[si-zair-ee-uh n] /sɪˈzɛər i ən/
pertaining to Caesar or the Caesars:
a Caesarean conquest.
(sometimes lowercase) Cesarean.
Origin of Caesarean
1520-30; < Latin Caesare(us) of Caesar + -an
Related forms
post-Caesarean, adjective


[si-zair-ee-uh n] /sɪˈzɛər i ən/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
Also called Cesarean section, C-section. an operation by which a fetus is taken from the uterus by cutting through the walls of the abdomen and uterus.
of or relating to a Cesarean.
Caesarean (def 1).
Also, Caesarean, Caesarian, Cesarian (for defs 1, 2)
Related forms
post-Cesarean, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for caesarian
Historical Examples
  • She said, "They've been doing caesarian sections on the animals in test-pen M-four."

    Breeder Reaction Winston Marks
  • One does not even expect of you that you rise to the caesarian heroism of a kick!

  • caesarian section was attempted, but did not save the life of the mother.

  • Yet these islands were crowded with exiles, and in them were to be found not a few princesses of caesarian origin.

    Seekers after God Frederic William Farrar
  • The foregoing, though apparently a caesarian operation, is not difficult to a practised hand.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • Thus did Cesare Borgia—personally attended by a caesarian guard, wearing his livery—set out upon the conquest of the Romagna.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • If by any caesarian operation it chances to come into being it is promptly strangled.

    Our National Defense: George Hebard Maxwell
  • caesarian section almost always led to the death of the mother.

  • It is possible that the spiritualists may become the stoics of a new epoch of caesarian rule.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
British Dictionary definitions for caesarian


(US) variant spellings of Caesarean


of or relating to any of the Caesars, esp Julius Caesar
(sometimes not capital) (surgery)
  1. short for Caesarean section
  2. (as modifier): Caesarean birth, Caesarean operation
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Word Origin and History for caesarian

1923, shortening of Caesarian section (1610s); supposedly from Caius Julius Caesar, who was said to have been delivered surgically, thus legend traces his cognomen to Latin caesus past participle of caedere "to cut" (see -cide).

But if this is the etymology of the name, it was likely an ancestor who was so born (Caesar's mother lived to see his triumphs and such operations would have been fatal to the woman in ancient times). And Pliny derives his cognomen from caesaries "head of hair," because the future dictator was born with a full one. Caesarian section may come directly from caesus.


see caesarian.


alternative spelling of caesarian (see also æ).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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caesarian in Medicine

caesarian n.
Variant of cesarean.

caesarean n.
Variant of cesarean.

cesarean ce·sar·e·an or cae·sar·e·an or cae·sar·i·an or ce·sar·i·an (sĭ-zâr'ē-ən)
Of or relating to a cesarean section. n.
A cesarean section.

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