ce·​sar·​e·​an si-ˈzer-ē-ən How to pronounce cesarean (audio)
variants or caesarean or less commonly cesarian or caesarian
often capitalized
cesarean adjective
or caesarean or less commonly cesarian or caesarian
often capitalized

Examples of cesarean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The health board initially claimed that a nurse, who was in her 20s, attending to the woman during the cesarean had failed to exercise reasonable skill and care towards the patient. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 4 Sep. 2023 The couple was open about their pregnancy struggles after Chelsea gave birth to Charlie via emergency cesarean in 2016. Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 11 July 2023 If your care provider recommends a cesarean, repeat the same questioning. Parents Editors, Parents, 29 June 2023 Vaginal delivery or cesarean? Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica, 29 Nov. 2022 Maybe my cesarean was necessary. New York Times, 21 July 2021 The reported death in April of a pregnant woman who was refused a cesarean by three midwives also sparked outrage in the country. Nimi Princewill, CNN, 27 May 2022 High levels of vitamin C can help to speed up healing, which is important after giving birth, whether vaginally or via cesarean. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, 17 Oct. 2020 One popular theory is that the term cesarean was derived from the surgical birth of the Roman leader Julius Caesar. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cesarean was circa 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Cesarean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesarean. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or caesarean
often capitalized C
cesarean adjective
or caesarean

Medical Definition


ce·​sar·​e·​an si-ˈzar-ē-ən, -ˈzer- How to pronounce cesarean (audio)
variants or caesarean also cesarian or caesarian
sometimes capitalized
cesarean adjective
or caesarean also cesarian or caesarian
cesarean delivery
a cesarean birth

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