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Caesarean

or Cae·sar·i·an

[si-zair-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to Caesar or the Caesars: a Caesarean conquest.
noun
  1. (sometimes lowercase) Cesarean.

Origin of Caesarean

1520–30; < Latin Caesare(us) of Caesar + -an
Related formspost-Cae·sar·e·an, adjective

Cesarean

[si-zair-ee-uh n]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. 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.
adjective
  1. of or relating to a Cesarean.
  2. Caesarean(def 1).
Also Cae·sar·e·an, Caesarian, Cesarian (for defs 1, 2).
Related formspost-Ce·sar·e·an, adjective
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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


British Dictionary definitions for caesarian

Cesarean

Cesarian

adjective
  1. US variant spellings of Caesarean

Caesarean

Caesarian US Cesarean or Cesarian (sɪˈzɛərɪən)

adjective
  1. of or relating to any of the Caesars, esp Julius Caesar
noun
  1. (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

n.

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.

caesarean

cesarean

alternative spelling of caesarian (see also æ).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

caesarian in Medicine

caesarian

n.
  1. Variant ofcesarean

caesarean

n.
  1. Variant ofcesarean

cesarean

adj.
  1. Of or relating to a cesarean section.
n.
  1. A cesarean section.