or Cae·sar·i·an

[si-zair-ee-uh n]


pertaining to Caesar or the Caesars: a Caesarean conquest.


(sometimes lowercase) Cesarean.

Origin of Caesarean

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


[si-zair-ee-uh n]

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.
Also Cae·sar·e·an, Caesarian, Cesarian (for defs 1, 2).
Related formspost-Ce·sar·e·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for caesarean

C-section, caesarean, caesarian, cesarean

Examples from the Web for caesarean

Contemporary Examples of caesarean

  • But had I needed an epidural, had something gone wrong and I needed a caesarean, that would have been OK, too.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Natural Childbirth Is Not a Cult

    Brandy Zadrozny

    June 27, 2014

  • He had threatened to stop examining her if she continued to refuse a caesarean section.

    The Daily Beast logo
    The Mom Forced to Have a C-Section

    Emily Shire

    June 5, 2014

  • One Caesarean section: roughly $23,000, plus the additional cost of having 46 doctors and nurses in the room.

    The Daily Beast logo
    The Dark Side of IVF

    Debora Spar

    October 5, 2010

Historical Examples of caesarean

  • They've decided on the Caesarean, and I haven't got much time.

  • The story of the Caesarean operation attests the evolution of obstetrics.

  • We have created a Caesarean environment and a host of little Caesars has sprung up.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • The Caesarean environment makes the Caesar, as the special food and the queenly cell make the queen bee.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • I pulled one of the stories out by the roots, and left the other—a kind of literary Caesarean operation.

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for caesarean


Caesarian US Cesarean or Cesarian (sɪˈzɛərɪən)


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




US variant spellings of Caesarean
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for caesarean


alternative spelling of caesarian (see also æ).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

caesarean in Medicine



Variant ofcesarean



Of or relating to a cesarean section.


A cesarean section.
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