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cesarean

noun, often capitalized ce·sar·e·an \si-ˈzer-ē-ən\

Definition of cesarean

cesarean

or

caesarean

also

cesarian

or

caesarian

adjective often capitalized


Circa 1903

First Known Use of cesarean

circa 1903

Variants of cesarean

or

caesarean

play also

cesarian

or

caesarian

\si-ˈzer-ē-ən\

Medical Dictionary

cesarean

play
noun , sometimes capitalized ce·sar·e·an \si-ˈzar-ē-ən, -ˈzer-\

Medical Definition of cesarean

cesarean

or

caesarean

also

cesarian

or

caesarian

adjective <cesarean delivery> <a cesarean birth>


Biographical Note for cesarean

Caesar

\ˈsē-zər\,

Gaius Julius

(100–44 BC), Roman general and statesman. Caesar's connection with the cesarean section is unclear. It is thought by some that the operation was named after Caesar himself because of the popular, although probably erroneous, belief that he was born by this means. On the other hand, it is argued that the general's family, the Julii, acquired the cognomen Caesar (from Latin caedere, to cut) because the operation was once performed on a forebear. It is also thought that cesarean section may derive from lex Caesaria, the name, under the Caesars, for the law that ordered the operation be performed on women dying in late pregnancy or in childbirth.

Variants of cesarean

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caesarean

also

cesarian

or

caesarian


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