cesarean

Denoting a c. section, which was included under lex cesarea, Roman law (715 B.C.); not because performed at the birth of Julius Caesar (100 B.C.).

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ce·sar·e·an or cae·sar·e·an also ce·sar·i·an or cae·sar·i·an si-'zar-ē-ən, -'zer- adj of, relating to, or being a cesarean section <a \cesarean birth>
cesarean or caesarean also cesarian or caesarian n CESAREAN SECTION
Cae·sar 'sē-zər Gaius Julius (100-44 BC)
Roman general and statesman. Caesar's connection with the cesarean section is unclear. It is thought by some that the operation was named after Caesar himself because of the popular, although probably erroneous, belief that he was born by this means. On the other hand, it is argued that the general's family, the Julii, acquired the cognomen Caesar (from Latin caedere, to cut) because the operation was once performed on a forebear. It is also thought that cesarean section may derive from lex Caesaria, the name, under the Caesars, for the law that ordered the operation be performed on women dying in late pregnancy or in childbirth.

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ce·sar·e·an (sə-zarґe-ən) [L. caesus, from caedere to cut] see under section.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • cesarean — cesarian cesarianadj. 1. same as {caesarian}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cesarean — Ce*sa re*an, Cesarian Ce*sa ri*an, a. Same as {C[ae]sarean}, {C[ae]sarian}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cesarean — alternative spelling of CAESARIAN (Cf. caesarian) (see also Æ (Cf. æ)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cesarean — or caesarean; also cesarian or caesarian noun Usage: often capitalized Date: circa 1903 cesarean section • cesarean or caesarean also cesarian or caesarian adjective, often capitalized …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Cesarean — /si zair ee euhn/, n. (sometimes l.c.) 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. adj. 2. of or pertaining to a Cesarean. 3. Caesarean …   Universalium

  • Cesarean — adj. pertaining to a Cesarean section; pertaining to Caesar or the Caesars (emperors of ancient Rome) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cesarean — ce•sar•e•an [[t]sɪˈzɛər i ən[/t]] n. 1) srg (sometimes cap.) Also calledcesar′ean sec tion. an operation by which a fetus is taken from the uterus by cutting through the walls of the abdomen and uterus. 2) srg (sometimes cap.) of or pertaining to …   From formal English to slang

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