cesarean section
cesarean section cesarean section n. (Surg.), the operation of taking a child from the womb by cutting through the walls of the abdomen and uterus; -- so called because Julius C[ae]sar is reported to have been brought into the world by such an operation; -- called also {caesarean}.

Syn: caesarean section, cesarian section, caesarian section, C-section, cesarean, cesarian. [1913 Webster]


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  • cesarean section — cesarean UK [sɪˈzeərɪən] / US [sɪˈzerɪən] or cesarean section UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cesarean : singular cesarean plural cesareans medical mainly American a caesarean …   English dictionary

  • cesarean section — n surgical incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring * * * incision through the abdominal and uterine walls for delivery of a fetus. Called also abdominal delivery. Cesarean section. (A), Classic; (B), low… …   Medical dictionary

  • cesarean (section) — [sə zer′ē ən] n. 〚from the ancient story (by assoc. of the name Caesar with L caedere: see CAESAR2 (Gaius) Julius(Gaius) Julius) that Caesar or an ancestor had been born in this manner〛 a surgical operation for deliver …   Universalium

  • cesarean (section) — [sə zer′ē ən] n. [from the ancient story (by assoc. of the name Caesar with L caedere: see CAESAR2 (Gaius) Julius(Gaius) Julius) that Caesar or an ancestor had been born in this manner] a surgical operation for delivering a baby by cutting… …   English World dictionary

  • cesarean (section) — [sə zer′ē ən] n. [from the ancient story (by assoc. of the name Caesar with L caedere: see CAESAR2 (Gaius) Julius(Gaius) Julius) that Caesar or an ancestor had been born in this manner] a surgical operation for delivering a baby by cutting… …   English World dictionary

  • cesarean section — or C section Surgical removal of a fetus from the uterus through an abdominal incision at or before full term. It is usually performed when vaginal delivery would endanger the life or health of the mother or the child. Vaginal delivery is often… …   Universalium

  • cesarean section — noun the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way) • Syn: ↑cesarean delivery, ↑caesarean delivery, ↑caesarian delivery, ↑cesarian section, ↑caesarean… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cesarean section — /səˌzɛəriən ˈsɛkʃən/ (say suh.zairreeuhn sekshuhn) noun → caesarean section. Also, cesarian section …   Australian English dictionary

  • cesarean section — or caesarean section noun Usage: often capitalized C Etymology: from the legendary association of such a delivery with the Roman cognomen Caesar Date: 1615 surgical incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cesarean section — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. C section, surgical birth, surgical delivery, incision …   English dictionary for students

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