[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
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Related Words for cesarean

C-section, caesarean, caesarian, cesarean

Examples from the Web for cesarean

Contemporary Examples of cesarean

  • One out of three births in the U.S. is a Cesarean section and about a quarter of all labor is induced.

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    The Home-Birth Rebellion

    Brandy Zadrozny

    February 7, 2014

  • The surgical risks of a fifth cesarean section also cannot be downplayed.

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    One Baby Too Many

    Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, Alane Park

    November 9, 2011

  • Even after just one cesarean, a woman can experience extensive scarring, which causes the operation to be technically challenging.

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    One Baby Too Many

    Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, Alane Park

    November 9, 2011

  • Fifteen percent of deaths in California were directly related to cesarean sections.

  • On New Year's Eve, doctors decided a cesarean was necessary.

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    Jailed for a Suicide Attempt

    Jennifer Block

    April 13, 2011

Historical Examples of cesarean

British Dictionary definitions for cesarean




US variant spellings of Caesarean
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Word Origin and History for cesarean

alternative spelling of caesarian (see also æ).

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cesarean in Medicine



Of or relating to a cesarean section.


A cesarean section.
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