cesarean section


  1. A surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus, performed to deliver a fetus.

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Cultural 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.

Notes for Cesarean section

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

Notes for Cesarean section

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

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