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cesarean section

noun, often capitalized C

Simple Definition of cesarean section

  • medical : a surgical operation for giving birth in which a cut is made in the mother's body so that the baby can be removed through the opening

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cesarean section

  1. :  surgical incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring

Variants of cesarean section

or caesarean section

Origin of cesarean section

from the legendary association of such a delivery with the Roman cognomen Caesar


First Known Use: 1615


Medical Dictionary

cesarean section

noun, sometimes capitalized C

Medical Definition of cesarean section

  1. :  a surgical procedure involving incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring <Even a history of multiple cesarean sections need not exclude a pregnant woman from attempting a vaginal delivery, new research indicates.—Science News, 27 Aug. 1988>—called also ,



Biographical Note for cesarean section

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.


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