Cesarean

[ 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.

adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for cesarean section

Cesarean

Cesarian

/ (sɪˈzɛərɪən) /

adjective

US variant spellings of Caesarean
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Word Origin and History for cesarean section

cesarean


alternative spelling of caesarian (see also æ).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for cesarean section (1 of 2)

cesarean section


n.

An incision through the abdominal wall and uterus, so as to deliver a fetus.cesarean operation

Medicine definitions for cesarean section (2 of 2)

cesarean


adj.

Of or relating to a cesarean section.

n.

A cesarean section.
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Science definitions for cesarean section

cesarean section


A surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus, performed to deliver a fetus.
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Culture definitions for cesarean section

Cesarean section

[ (si-zair-ee-uhn) ]

Childbirth by surgical removal of the fetus through an incision made in the wall of the abdomen and in the uterus, usually used as an alternative when natural delivery through the vagina is considered risky. The number of Cesarean sections in the United States has increased sharply in recent years, causing concern among patients, surgeons, and insurers.

Note

The term derives from the traditional belief that Julius Caesar was born by this method.

Note

The procedure is often referred to colloquially as a “C-section.”
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