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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Moore and Daly’s first child was born on Nov. 4, after a high-risk pregnancy that included multiple health scares and led to an emergency cesarean section. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kenya Moore Is Returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta Next Season," 10 July 2019 The new mother continued to stay authentic while simultaneously clapping back at critics by sharing a photo of her cesarean section scar. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Amy Schumer continues to keep motherhood real, shows off her c-section scar," 14 June 2019 After a cesarean section and three days in the St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Schalker went back to prison and her daughter, Indigo, went home without her. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "‘An insult to child development’: MN prisons mull alternatives to incarceration for pregnant women," 8 Sep. 2019 Born by cesarean section, the girls emerged with their skulls and blood vessels fused together. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "Sisters conjoined at the head are separated after 50 hours of surgery," 16 July 2019 Gase's wife, Jennifer, gave birth to the couple's son Wyatt in October 2013 with a cesarean section scheduled for 10 a.m. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Adam Gase Left His Wife Immediately After She Gave Birth to Meet With Peyton Manning," 7 Aug. 2019 The girl was born in June via cesarean section to a patient in her mid-30s, said the Cleveland Clinic, which performed the transplantation and birth. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A woman delivered the first baby in the US born from the transplanted uterus of a dead donor," 9 July 2019 With that grim information, Byrom did not feel the urgency to more quickly deliver her baby via cesarean section, according to the suit. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore jury's record $229 million malpractice verdict may change a life — but likely not the system," 4 July 2019 More than a year and a half later, Noe delivered Renley and Rhett by cesarean section at a Portland hospital, their ecstatic mother by her side. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "A woman who carried her twin sister's babies gave birth to her two healthy twins," 21 June 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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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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