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Caesarean

[si-zair-ee-uh n] /sɪˈzɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to Caesar or the Caesars:
a Caesarean conquest.
noun
2.
(sometimes lowercase) Cesarean.
Also, Caesarian.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin Caesare(us) of Caesar + -an
Related forms
post-Caesarean, adjective

Cesarean

[si-zair-ee-uh n] /sɪˈzɛər i ən/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
1.
Also called Cesarean section, C-section. an operation by which a fetus is taken from the uterus by cutting through the walls of the abdomen and uterus.
adjective
2.
of or relating to a Cesarean.
3.
Also, Caesarean, Caesarian, Cesarian (for defs 1, 2).
Related forms
post-Cesarean, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for caesarian

Caesarean

/sɪˈzɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to any of the Caesars, esp Julius Caesar
noun
2.
(sometimes not capital) (surgery)
  1. short for Caesarean section
  2. (as modifier): Caesarean birth, Caesarean operation

Cesarean

/sɪˈzɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
(US) variant spellings of Caesarean
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Word Origin and History for caesarian
n.

1923, shortening of Caesarian section (1610s); supposedly from Caius Julius Caesar, who was said to have been delivered surgically, thus legend traces his cognomen to Latin caesus past participle of caedere "to cut" (see -cide).

But if this is the etymology of the name, it was likely an ancestor who was so born (Caesar's mother lived to see his triumphs and such operations would have been fatal to the woman in ancient times). And Pliny derives his cognomen from caesaries "head of hair," because the future dictator was born with a full one. Caesarian section may come directly from caesus.

caesarean

see caesarian.

cesarean

alternative spelling of caesarian (see also æ).

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caesarian in Medicine

caesarian n.
Variant of cesarean.

caesarean n.
Variant of cesarean.

cesarean ce·sar·e·an or cae·sar·e·an or cae·sar·i·an or ce·sar·i·an (sĭ-zâr'ē-ən)
adj.
Of or relating to a cesarean section. n.
A cesarean section.

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