Section, Caesarian
Also referred to as a C-section. A procedure in which a baby, rather than being born vaginally, is surgically extracted (removed) from the uterus. As the name "Caesarian" suggests, this is not exactly a new procedure. It was done in ancient civilizations upon the death of a pregnant woman who was near full term in order to salvage the baby. Julius Caesar (or one of his predecessors) was born by this procedure. Hence, the name "Caesarian." The term "section" in surgery refers to the division of tissue. What is being divided here is the abdominal wall of the mother as well as the wall of the uterus in order to extract the baby. In Shakespeare's Macbeth the Witches' prophecy was that "...none of woman born/ Shall harm Macbeth" (IV.i). Unfortunately for Macbeth, the Scottish nobleman Macduff was "from his mother's womb/ Untimely ripped," and thus not naturally "born of woman" (V.vii). Macduff was the only agent capable of destroying Macbeth. He killed Macbeth in battle. As the name "Caesarian" suggests, this is not exactly a new procedure. It was done in ancient civilizations upon the death of a near-full-term pregnant woman to salvage the baby. Julius Caesar (or one of his predecessors) was born by this procedure. Hence, the name "Caesarian". The term "section" in surgery refers to the division of tissue. What is being divided here is the abdominal wall of the mother as well as the wall of the uterus in order to extract the baby. In Shakespeare's Macbeth the Witches' prophecy was that "...none of woman born/ Shall harm Macbeth" (IV.i). Unfortunately for Macbeth, the Scottish nobleman Macduff was "from his mother's womb/ Untimely ripped," and thus not naturally "born of woman" (V.vii). Macduff was the only agent capable of destroying Macbeth. He killed Macbeth in battle.

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  • caesarian — I noun the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way) • Syn: ↑cesarean delivery, ↑caesarean delivery, ↑caesarian delivery, ↑cesarean section, ↑cesarian… …   Useful english dictionary

  • caesarian delivery — noun the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way) • Syn: ↑cesarean delivery, ↑caesarean delivery, ↑cesarean section, ↑cesarian section, ↑caesarean… …   Useful english dictionary

  • caesarian — 1923, shortening of Caesarian section (1610s); supposedly from Caius Julius Caesar, who was said to have been delivered surgically, thus legend traces his cognomen to L. caesus pp. of caedere to cut. But if this is the etymology of the name, it… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Caesarian section — Also referred to as a C section. A procedure in which a baby, rather than being born vaginally, is surgically extracted (removed) from the uterus. As the name Caesarian suggests, this is not exactly a new procedure. It was done in ancient… …   Medical dictionary

  • caesarian section — noun the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way) • Syn: ↑cesarean delivery, ↑caesarean delivery, ↑caesarian delivery, ↑cesarean section, ↑cesarian… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Caesarian section, vaginal birth after — It was once the rule that after a C section, the next delivery also had to be by C section. Now vaginal delivery after Caesarian section (VBAC) is frequently feasible …   Medical dictionary

  • caesarian — [17] The application of the adjective caesarian to the delivery of a baby by surgical incision through the abdomen and womb arises from the legend that Julius Caesar (c. 100–44 BC) himself or an earlier ancestor of his was born in this way. The… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • caesarian — [17] The application of the adjective caesarian to the delivery of a baby by surgical incision through the abdomen and womb arises from the legend that Julius Caesar (c. 100–44 BC) himself or an earlier ancestor of his was born in this way. The… …   Word origins

  • Caesarian section, lower segment — A Caesarian section in which the surgical incision is made in the lower segment of the uterus. Abbreviated LSCS …   Medical dictionary

  • section — sec|tion1 [ sekʃən ] noun count *** ▸ 1 part of group ▸ 2 area within place ▸ 3 people in larger group ▸ 4 process of cutting ▸ 5 image of something as if cut 1. ) something, or a group of things, that forms part of a larger group: section of: He …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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