Cesarean [ si- zair-ee- uh n ] SHOW IPA / sɪˈzɛər i ən / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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.
Cae·sar·e·an, Caesarian, Cesarian (for defs 1, 2). Related forms post-Ce·sar·e·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cesarean section
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Medicine definitions for cesarean section (1 of 2) 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) adj. Of or relating to a cesarean section.
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Science definitions for 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
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
was born by this method.
The procedure is often referred to colloquially as a “C-section.”
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