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cesarean section Syllabification: ce·sar·e·an sec·tion

Definition of cesarean section in English:


A surgical operation for delivering a child by cutting through the wall of the mother’s abdomen.
Example sentences
  • After a serious stomach operation and two Caesarean sections, mum-of-two Jackie's muscles were so torn up that she had a saggy pouch of skin instead of the toned tummy she craved.
  • In some hospitals because of the danger of this procedure to the mother, an operation like a miniature Caesarean section called a hysterotomy has to be performed.
  • If the operation was done for a reason that will not have changed for the next delivery (for instance, if the mother has a very narrow birth canal), a Caesarean section will be necessary for each childbirth.


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

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