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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Kathryn’s water eventually broke, labor began a few days later and doctors performed a cesarean section. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Finding hope after tragedy: Wife's stroke left dad with newborn triplets a year ago," 12 June 2019 Moore shared with People magazine after enduring an emergency cesarean section. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "These Celebrity Babies Aren't Even A Year Old And They've Already Stolen Our Hearts," 6 June 2019 Typically, human babies not born by cesarean section acquire their mother’s vaginal microbes en route to the outside world. Quanta Magazine, "Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?," 20 Nov. 2018 The analysis found that compared with waiting for labor to begin, induction was associated with fewer perinatal deaths, stillbirths and cesarean sections. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Inducing Labor at Full Term May Be Best Bet," 17 May 2018 Wise, who was over eight months pregnant at the time, was scheduled to have a cesarean section days after she was found, TCPalm.com reported. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Married Florida man accused of killing girlfriend carrying his unborn baby, leaving her on side of road," 24 Sep. 2018 There are likely many reasons for the increase, including higher instances of chronic disease than in the past, access to care issues for women without insurance, a higher prevalence of cesarean sections and more. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Why Are So Many Mothers Dying in Texas?," 5 Jan. 2018 But according to Lancet, in cases where cesarean sections aren’t truly medically necessary, there are no health benefits for moms and only potential harms. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The troubling epidemic of unnecessary C-sections around the world, explained," 25 Oct. 2018 Jorstad posted her first postpartum belly photo three days after her cesarean section and the second one a week after the birth. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "After Giving Birth to Triplets, This Woman Posted a Seriously Honest Postpartum Stomach Photo," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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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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