Definition of caesarean in English:


(also caesarian)


  • 1US Of or effected by caesarean section:

    ‘a caesarean delivery’
    • ‘These patients included older people, pregnant women with diabetes, women having hysterectomies, women after unplanned Cesarean births, and very low birthweight infants.’
    • ‘He knew his father had performed a Cesarean delivery.’
    • ‘The doctor performed more than 20 times the number of Caesarean hysterectomies performed in other major Dublin hospitals in the 1990s.’
    • ‘Jordan's baby was born at 10: 03 am following some complications, but the Cesarean delivery went well in the end.’
    • ‘Do they ban it because there is a 1 percent chance that the old Caesarean scar will cause the uterus to rupture (which may kill the baby) or because the hospital doesn't even want to risk a chance at another lawsuit?’
    • ‘The risk for infection and other surgical complications appear to be greater in women undergoing repeat cesarean delivery compared to those who are successful with a vaginal birth after Cesarean delivery.’
    • ‘He was not present when his wife had a Caesarean delivery on Hogmanay.’
    • ‘But she did not rule out a possible connection between obesity and Caesarian births.’
    • ‘Our results are of relevance for women considering Caesarean delivery who are planning future pregnancies.’
    • ‘They noted that some mothers schedule Caesarean deliveries before their due date to avoid muscle tearing or stretch marks, or to better suit their schedules or those of their doctors.’
    • ‘A successful vaginal delivery after C-section is typically safer for you and your baby than is a Caesarean delivery.’
    • ‘Several of the other cases relate to allegedly unnecessary Caesarean hysterectomies carried out some years ago.’
    • ‘A few years ago a Kansas health maintenance organization changed its policies and began to reimburse doctors equally for Caesarean and normal deliveries, so there was no longer a financial incentive to do Caesareans.’
    • ‘Opponents also draw attention to the risks of elective Cesarean delivery to the mother and fetus during the initial procedure and for later pregnancies.’
    • ‘A caveat for these experiments is that the ewes were given betamethasone approximately 40 hours before studying the lambs because during previous experiments preterm lambs did not breathe after Cesarean delivery.’
    • ‘Less than one per cent of Scottish women give birth at home, but fear of unnecessary Caesarean delivery in hospital could see that figure increase’
    • ‘The researchers said their study supported past research which had shown that Caesarean births can have long-term consequences for fertility, leading to women having fewer children and more difficulty conceiving.’
    • ‘The conventional wisdom holds that Cesarean deliveries are fraught with more complications and dangers both for the baby and for the mother.’
    • ‘Gestational diabetes isn't a reason to schedule a Caesarean delivery.’
    • ‘Women with hypertension, diabetes, previous Cesarean births, fetal malformations, breech presentations and placenta previa were excluded.’
  • 2Of or connected with Julius Caesar or the Caesars:

    ‘the Caesarean faction in the civil wars after 44 BC’
    • ‘Caesar's time, authoritatively printed in the calendar, has triumphed over the archaic oral proclamation of the kalends by the priesthood, just as the Caesarian style of politics has triumphed over the Republican.’
    • ‘Yet another begins like a Caesarean pronouncement at an inaugural of a gladiatorial contest.’
    • ‘For far too long, Rome had lived by conquest - through seizing, by force of arms, what its spendthrift patricians and Caesarian Mafiosi could not hope to gain by trade alone.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the memoirs have what we might call their Caesarean moments.’
    • ‘Some say the gesture was genuine, but others suspected it was but another instance of Caesarian politics, a carefully orchestrated event between he and Antony to reassure the mob that Caesar would not be king.’
    • ‘He acquired and exercised a strong personal dominance, but this was soon threatened by the emergence of Octavian (the future Augustus), and the two locked in competition for the Caesarian leadership.’


  • A caesarean section:

    ‘I had to have a caesarean’
    [mass noun] ‘two sons both born by caesarean’
    • ‘A quarter of the women had undergone Caesareans, with one in three of those describing the care they received after the procedure as ‘appalling’.’
    • ‘But it is in elective Caesareans that there has been the big explosion.’
    • ‘The number of Caesareans carried out has increased rapidly in recent years, with around a quarter of the 600,000 babies born in Britain each year delivered by this method.’
    • ‘At the time, Catholic doctors often performed the operations instead of Caesareans, believing that it would allow the women to continue having children.’
    • ‘The rate of Caesareans has increased sharply.’
    • ‘Sure doctors like money, but all Caesareans have risks.’
    • ‘Births are routinely induced and some would say that Caesareans or forceps delivery are unnecessarily common.’
    • ‘As the prevalence of Caesareans suggests, the circumference of babies' brains seems to have gotten as large as circumstances permit.’
    • ‘There are a lot of women who ask for Caesareans as they are scared of labour and feel surgery is a quicker way to go but the risks involved are higher than in natural birth.’
    • ‘Researchers believe the long wait may lead to an increased number of procedures such as Caesarians being carried out when they are not really needed.’
    • ‘However, Caesareans are much more risky for women than natural births because of blood loss and the risk of infection from the surgery.’
    • ‘About 300,000 women a year have repeat Caesareans.’
    • ‘Twenty-two percent of Caesareans are performed because of concerns for the baby's welfare, and another 20% are because the labour is not progressing.’
    • ‘Between 1998 and 2001, only 15.7 per cent of women had Caesareans at the Leeds hospital compared with a national average of 21.5 per cent and a figure as high as 29.8 per cent at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington in London.’
    • ‘‘Leaflets could set out clearly the pros and cons of Caesareans,’ she said.’
    • ‘The researchers said that, when compared to elective repeat Caesareans, women attempting a vaginal birth faced increased risks to their own health and complications with the birth.’
    • ‘Worldwide, it can be argued that Caesareans are more attractive to doctors than natural childbirth because they reduce the threat of midwifery taking over.’
    • ‘A few years ago a Kansas health maintenance organization changed its policies and began to reimburse doctors equally for Caesarean and normal deliveries, so there was no longer a financial incentive to do Caesareans.’
    • ‘When doctors and mothers assess the risks of Caesareans, they generally only think about what the risks are at the time and ignore the impact they might have five years down the line.’
    • ‘The figures tally with national averages, as a new report out today from the Department of Health reveals that Caesareans have increased four-fold in the last 25 years.’


Early 16th century (as a noun denoting a supporter of an emperor or imperial system): from Latin Caesareus of Caesar + -an.