Definition of cesarean section
: a surgical procedure involving incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring
Origin and Etymology of cesarean section
from the legendary association of such a delivery with the Roman cognomen Caesar
First Known Use: 1615
CESAREAN SECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cesarean section for English Language Learners
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
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
Biographical Note for cesarean section
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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