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cesarean section

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus, performed to deliver a fetus.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of Caesarean section.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the operation of taking a child from the womb by cutting through the walls of the abdomen and uterus; -- so called because Julius Cæsar is reported to have been brought into the world by such an operation; -- called also caesarean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way)

Etymologies

From the traditional belief that Julius Caesar (or his eponymous ancestor) was born by this operation.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This is also called a cesarean section or C-section.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • Will Redwood’s birth was not an easy one—Lyn had to undergo an emergency cesarean section after the doctors realized Will was coming out feet first—but Lyn remembers that first year of Will’s life as a joyous one.

    The Panic Virus

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