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

Definition of cesarean

Other Words from cesarean

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

Examples of cesarean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once she was left in tears, feeling helpless when a woman of color was threatened during labor with a court order for wanting to hold off on a cesarean. Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Born by cesarean in September 2020, both babies did have to spend time in separate neonatal intensive care units (NICU). John Bonifield And Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 16 Apr. 2021 Another died at the age of 26 after an emergency cesarean. Jasmine Vaughn-hall, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2020 Typically, developers based their algorithms on studies showing a correlation between race and some medical outcome, assuming race explained or was even the cause of, say, a poorer outcome (from a vaginal birth after a cesarean, say). Sharon Begley, STAT, 17 June 2020 In fact, said Dr. Rossiter, cord compression is a common cause of emergency cesareans. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, is an option for some women, depending on the type of incision made in the earlier surgery and the birth facility, among other factors. Katherine Hobson, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 Kaiser Southern California has delayed such inductions, as well as planned cesareans due to coronavirus. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2020 Fecal samples were taken from babies age four, seven or 21 days old, who had been born in UK hospitals by vaginal delivery or cesarean. Katie Hunt, CNN, 18 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cesarean

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cesarean was circa 1903

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“Cesarean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesarean. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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