Definition of cesarean in US English:


(also caesarian, caesarean)


  • Of or effected by cesarean section.

    ‘a cesarean delivery’
    • ‘Jordan's baby was born at 10: 03 am following some complications, but the Cesarean delivery went well in the end.’
    • ‘But she did not rule out a possible connection between obesity and Caesarian births.’
    • ‘A successful vaginal delivery after C-section is typically safer for you and your baby than is 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.’
    • ‘The doctor performed more than 20 times the number of Caesarean hysterectomies performed in other major Dublin hospitals in the 1990s.’
    • ‘The conventional wisdom holds that Cesarean deliveries are fraught with more complications and dangers both for the baby and for the mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our results are of relevance for women considering Caesarean delivery who are planning future pregnancies.’
    • ‘Several of the other cases relate to allegedly unnecessary Caesarean hysterectomies carried out some years ago.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Gestational diabetes isn't a reason to schedule a Caesarean delivery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Women with hypertension, diabetes, previous Cesarean births, fetal malformations, breech presentations and placenta previa were excluded.’
    • ‘He was not present when his wife had a Caesarean delivery on Hogmanay.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘He knew his father had performed a Cesarean delivery.’


  • A cesarean section.

    ‘I had to have a cesarean’
    mass noun ‘two sons both born by cesarean’
    • ‘About 300,000 women a year have repeat Caesareans.’
    • ‘Births are routinely induced and some would say that Caesareans or forceps delivery are unnecessarily common.’
    • ‘However, Caesareans are much more risky for women than natural births because of blood loss and the risk of infection from the surgery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sure doctors like money, but all Caesareans have risks.’
    • ‘The rate of Caesareans has increased sharply.’
    • ‘A quarter of the women had undergone Caesareans, with one in three of those describing the care they received after the procedure as ‘appalling’.’
    • ‘Worldwide, it can be argued that Caesareans are more attractive to doctors than natural childbirth because they reduce the threat of midwifery taking over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the time, Catholic doctors often performed the operations instead of Caesareans, believing that it would allow the women to continue having children.’
    • ‘‘Leaflets could set out clearly the pros and cons of Caesareans,’ she said.’
    • ‘As the prevalence of Caesareans suggests, the circumference of babies' brains seems to have gotten as large as circumstances permit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 17th century: Caesarian from the story that Julius Caesar was delivered by this method.