Definition of cesarean in English:


(British caesarian, caesarean)


  • Of or effected by cesarean section.

    ‘a cesarean delivery’
    • ‘Because cesarean delivery is a major surgical procedure, it carries the risks posed by any other major surgery, such as infection or complications from the anesthetic.’
    • ‘The authors conclude that risk factors for surgical site infection following cesarean delivery are infection before surgery, obesity, nulliparity, preeclampsia and poor general health.’
    • ‘When possible, vaginal delivery is preferable to avoid the added physiologic stressors of cesarean delivery.’
    • ‘If a pregnant woman has symptoms indicating an active infection (primary or recurrent) at the time of delivery, the baby usually can be protected from infection by a cesarean delivery.’
    • ‘Patients with wound separation after cesarean delivery or benign abdominal gynecologic procedures were randomized to treatment or placebo groups.’
    • ‘The authors conclude that, at cesarean delivery, high-dose oxytocin more effectively prevents uterine atony than low-dose oxytocin.’
    • ‘Colonization of the mother is not an indication for cesarean delivery, and cesarean delivery is not an alternative to intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis.’
    • ‘In addition, randomized clinical trial results have not shown the clinical effectiveness of prophylactic cesarean delivery when any specific estimated fetal weight is unknown.’
    • ‘Similarly, if the physician believes that performing a cesarean delivery would be detrimental to the overall health and welfare of the woman and her fetus, he or she is ethically obliged to refrain from performing the surgery.’
    • ‘If a decision is made to perform a cesarean delivery in the presence of suspected macrosomia, the incision should be large enough to avoid a difficult abdominal delivery.’
    • ‘Infection rates are higher in women who have cesarean deliveries; evidence is inconsistent about the effects of labor induction on infection rates.’
    • ‘Wall and colleagues studied the rate of postoperative wound complications with transverse and vertical incisions in obese women who were undergoing their first cesarean delivery.’
    • ‘The authors' results confirm the observations from epidemiologic studies that cesarean delivery has a protective effect against pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence later in life.’
    • ‘Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery appears to go in and out of fashion.’
    • ‘Despite wide acceptance of this use, the timing of epidural placement remains controversial, with conflicting reports on the risk for subsequent cesarean deliveries and the length of the latent phase of labor.’
    • ‘Mothers with a previous cesarean delivery related to breech presentation had a cesarean delivery rate of 13.9 percent, almost equivalent to the rate in nulliparous patients.’
    • ‘Women who deliver vaginally in their first pregnancy are at much lower risk of requiring a cesarean delivery during a future pregnancy.’
    • ‘High-risk patients include those who have had cesarean deliveries after membrane rupture or labor and patients who undergo emergency procedures for which preoperative cleansing may have been inadequate.’
    • ‘Presentation of this information might cause some patients to forgo vacuum or forceps attempts and proceed directly to cesarean delivery.’
    • ‘These women are at risk of developing diabetes and related conditions later in life and face a range of complications during pregnancy, including hypertension, preeclampsia, and cesarean delivery.’


  • A cesarean section.

    ‘I had to have a cesarean’
    ‘two sons both born by cesarean’
    • ‘I was disappointed, though, that the author included only one small paragraph addressing the effects of cesareans and other birth interventions on babies.’
    • ‘There were a number of moments when an intervention could easily have been employed that would likely have led to a repeat cesarean.’
    • ‘Are we imperfect beings who must be controlled, manipulated, and improved through elective cesareans, cosmetic surgery, cloning, pharmaceutical drugs, and a host of things that others think we should have?’
    • ‘It may be due to chance, or it could reflect babies forced out of their mothers' wombs early by induction or elective cesarean.’
    • ‘Her cervix would have shut down at 6 centimeters, and she would eventually have had a cesarean.’
    • ‘A US study found that birthing mothers who have cesareans are four times more likely to die than women who have vaginal births.’
    • ‘It's also important for women to understand and consider the many drawbacks of cesareans in the weeks and months after birth, and for future pregnancy and birth experiences.’
    • ‘The recommendation to be in a hospital cannot be considered valid without a comparison to the risks and benefits of homebirth after cesarean.’
    • ‘It can get chaotic, and mother might end up breathing through an oxygen mask, changing position, or even having a cesarean.’
    • ‘So I've got to have a cesarean, but at least I know - a few girlfriends of mine have had births lately, and they went through like three or four days of labor and had to have a cesarean anyway.’
    • ‘Many research reports were published in the 1990s associating epidurals (especially those given early in labor) with cesareans for dystocia (failure to progress or arrest of labor).’
    • ‘Giving birth is dangerous: after 24 hours of labor in one of the best maternity wards in the country, I had a cesarean.’
    • ‘A growing number of hospitals no longer ‘offer’ vaginal births after cesareans, and several birth centers in New York City have closed down.’
    • ‘Twenty-four percent had a cesarean, and of women with previous cesareans, 1 in 4 had a vaginal birth after cesarean.’
    • ‘The hypnosis treated group had significantly fewer complicated births, cesareans, oxytocin augmentation and induction, epidural anesthesia use, or analgesia use, when compared to the supportive psychotherapy group.’
    • ‘In the 1980s it was citizen activism that advocated for vaginal birth after cesareans and ultimately lowered the cesarean rate.’
    • ‘The media has framed the issue of elective cesareans as a 'popular' alternative procedure to 'natural childbirth.'’
    • ‘Clearly, physicians are not doing enough to reduce the number of unnecessary cesareans (conservatively estimated at 50 percent of all cesareans, or approximately 500,000 per year).’
    • ‘No evidence supports the idea that cesareans are as safe as vaginal birth for mother or baby.’
    • ‘In The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer presents an empowering investigation of birth, covering cesareans, midwives and obstetricians, hospitals and birth centers, and alternatives to high-tech births.’


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