cesarean

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

or less commonly

cesarian

or

caesarian

Definition of cesarean

cesarean

or

or less commonly

cesarian

or

caesarian

adjective, often capitalized

Circa 1903

First Known Use of cesarean

circa 1903


Medical Dictionary

cesarean

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

caesarean

also

cesarian

or

caesarian

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.



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