cesarean section

noun, often capitalized C
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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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Noticing movement in the doe's stomach, Warden Walker took quick action performing a cesarean section on the doe to attempt to save the other fawn trapped inside. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Oklahoma game warden saves unborn fawn by performing emergency C-section on dead doe," 10 June 2018 Although high cesarean section rates and VBAC have a history of being fairly controversial, most physicians agree that this type of uterine scar is not to be messed with. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "I Had A Successful Vaginal Birth After A Cesarean (VBAC)—Here's What You Need To Know," 16 Nov. 2017 Her daughter was born by an emergency cesarean section operation after the baby’s heart rate decreased to dangerous levels during contractions. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Serena Williams to Play at Madison Square Garden in March," 11 Jan. 2018 Medical advancements such as widespread use of antibiotics, cesarean sections and formula feeding have unintentionally killed off bifidobacteria over the years. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Baby poop may explain increase in disease, researchers say | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Mar. 2018 What's the right painkiller prescription to send home with a patient after gallbladder surgery or a cesarean section? Julie Appleby, chicagotribune.com, "Doling out pain pills post-surgery: An ingrown toenail not the same as a bypass," 27 June 2018 What’s the right painkiller prescription to send home with a patient after gallbladder surgery or a cesarean section? Julie Appleby, Washington Post, "Doling Out Pain Pills Post-Surgery: An Ingrown Toenail Not The Same As A Bypass," 22 June 2018 There is also less risk of infection and blood loss associated with cesarean sections. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "I Had A Successful Vaginal Birth After A Cesarean (VBAC)—Here's What You Need To Know," 16 Nov. 2017 Fast-acting and predictable, the numbing agent has long been the drug of choice for supporting childbirth, administered as an epidural for women in labor or as a spinal anesthetic for those having a cesarean section. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 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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cesarean section

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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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