The obstetrical procedure is often spelled this way in the U.S. with just an “e” although the Roman emperor remains Caesar in America with an “ae”. Also referred to as a C-section.
No matter what, it is a procedure in which a baby, rather than being born vaginally, is surgically extracted (removed) from the uterus.
As the name “Cesarian” 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.
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.
- Cesarian section, lower segment (LSCS)
Cesarian section, lower segment (LSCS): A Cesarian section in which the surgical incision (cut) is made in the lower segment of the uterus.
- Cesarian section, vaginal birth after
Cesarian 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 Cesarian section (VBAC) is sometimes feasible. Age is one the factors that need to be considered, since women over 30 who try a vaginal delivery after a C-section […]
- Ceteris paribus
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- Cervical rib
Cervical rib: An extra rib that arises from the seventh cervical vertebra. It is located above the normal first rib. A cervical rib is present in only about 1 in 200 people. It may cause pinching of nearby nerves or arteries, in which case it sometimes is removed surgically.
- Cervical kyphosis, postmenopausal
Cervical kyphosis, postmenopausal: An outward curvature (kyphosis) of the cervical vertebrae (the bones of the neck), creating a hump at the back of the neck. This condition, once thought to be a characteristic deformity of older women, was called a dowager’s hump. A dowager was a woman of high social rank whose husband was dead […]