caesarian


caesarian
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 was likely an ancestor who was so born (Caesar's mother lived to see his triumphs and such operations would have been fatal to the woman in ancient times). And Pliny derives his cognomen from caesaries "head of hair," since the future dictator was born with a full one. Caesarian section may come directly from caesus.

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  • Caesarian — Caesarian, Caesarean The first spelling is now more usual, and the initial c is sometimes written small …   Modern English usage

  • 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 — 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 — Caesarean C[ae]*sa re*an, Caesarian C[ae]*sa ri*an, a. [L. Caesareus, Caesarianus.] Of or pertaining to C[ae]sar or the C[ae]sars; imperial. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caesarian — adjective see Caesar I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caesarian — I. see caesarean II. noun see cesarean III. adjective see cesarean …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Caesarian — See Caesarean. * * * …   Universalium

  • caesarian — cae·sar·i·an (sĭ zârʹē ən) adj. & n. Variant of cesarean. * * * …   Universalium

  • Caesarian — 1. adjective a) Of or relating to or in the manner of . b) (excluding the relation to ) 2. noun a) Follower of . b) Member of the faction of …   Wiktionary


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