cesarean section

noun, often capitalized C
variants: or caesarean section or less commonly cesarian section or caesarian section

Definition of cesarean section

: a surgical procedure involving incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring

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Recent Examples on the Web Mothers believed to have the coronavirus are treated as if positive until tested, and everyone wears surgical masks during labor, then dons N95 masks for pushing or cesarean section, says Dr. Yuan-Da Fan, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area women turning to midwives and home birth during pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Maverick arrived almost a month early, Graf shared on Instagram, and her arrival was not without some drama — the new mom was forced to undergo an emergency cesarean section after suffering extremely high blood pressure. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "Welcome to the World! All of the Celebrity Babies Who've Made Their Debuts in 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 All of the newborns, who were delivered via cesarean section, tested negative for the coronavirus, and there were no traces of the virus in the mother’s amniotic fluid, cord blood or breast milk. Hallie Levine, New York Times, "What Parents Need to Know About Coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 But labor was progressing slowly, and doctors decided to perform a cesarean section. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "They Didn’t Have Coronavirus Symptoms Until After They Gave Birth. Then They Tested Positive.," 27 Mar. 2020 Doctors were able to deliver her baby via an emergency cesarean section, police said. CBS News, "Pregnant mother of five shot and killed but fetus survives," 3 Feb. 2020 An emergency cesarean section was performed, and Soriano's son, Walter, was transferred to a children's hospital in New York City while his mother remained in the intensive care unit. TheWeek, "After surviving COVID-19, New York mom finally meets baby born while she was in a coma," 22 Apr. 2020 The Joint Commission, a private accreditation group that sets safety standards for thousands of hospitals, makes hospitals track cesarean section rates. USA Today, "Hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren’t doing it.," 14 Nov. 2019 Called Frida Mom, the line includes soothing items like instant ice maxi pads, healing foam (as opposed to spray), witch hazel cooling pad liners, mesh underwear for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries and more. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "All the Details on Amy Schumer's 4-Month-Old Son Gene's Sleek Bouncer — and Cute Stuffed Frog!," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cesarean section

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cesarean section

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

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“Cesarean section.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesarean%20section. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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

cesarean section

noun, sometimes capitalized C

Medical Definition of cesarean section

: 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 cesarean, C-section

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