cesarean

noun, often capitalized
ce·​sar·​e·​an | \ si-ˈzer-ē-ən How to pronounce cesarean (audio) \
variants: or or less commonly cesarian or caesarian

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cesarean or caesarean or less commonly cesarian or caesarian adjective, often capitalized

Examples of cesarean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the common belief that a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is riskier than scheduling another C-section is totally off-base. Kate Morgan, Harper's BAZAAR, ""It's a Battle Scar": The Emotional Toll of C-Sections No-one Talks About," 3 Oct. 2019 The study found that babies born via cesarean had more bacteria that are typically acquired in hospitals, and were more likely to have antimicrobial resistance. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Babies born by C-section have less of their mom's gut bacteria. Here's why that might be important," 18 Sep. 2019 In the United States, 32 percent of women deliver by cesarean. Nikki Kolb, Glamour, "A Traumatic Birth Forever Changed My First Moments of Motherhood," 4 Sep. 2019 Not making a big cut in the uterus decreases the odds that the mother will give birth prematurely and need a cesarean. Denise Grady, New York Times, "A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet," 24 June 2019 That's risky because if a woman in labor starts bleeding or her baby isn't getting enough oxygen, obstetricians must perform an emergency cesarean. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 That’s risky because if a woman in labor starts bleeding or her baby isn’t getting enough oxygen, obstetricians must perform an emergency cesarean. Washington Post, "US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 27 June 2018 In particular, if the circumstance for previous cesarean (ie: breech presentation, failure to dilate) is not present the next time around, that bodes well for mom. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "I Had A Successful Vaginal Birth After A Cesarean (VBAC)—Here's What You Need To Know," 16 Nov. 2017 While cesareans are common when delivering twins, McCants, who had a complication-free pregnancy, had hoped for a natural birth. NBC News, "How training doctors in implicit bias could save the lives of black mothers," 11 May 2018

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circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Cesarean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesarean. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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cesarean

noun, sometimes capitalized
ce·​sar·​e·​an | \ si-ˈzar-ē-ən, -ˈzer- How to pronounce cesarean (audio) \
variants: or caesarean also cesarian or caesarian

Medical Definition of cesarean

Other Words from cesarean

cesarean or caesarean also cesarian or caesarian adjective
cesarean delivery a cesarean birth

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