surrogate mother


noun

a person who acts in the place of another person's biological mother.
an animal that is given another's offspring to raise.
Medicine/Medical. a woman who helps a couple to have a child by carrying to term an embryo conceived by the couple and transferred to her uterus, or by being inseminated with the man's sperm and either donating the embryo for transfer to the woman's uterus or carrying it to term.

Origin of surrogate mother

First recorded in 1975–80
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British Dictionary definitions for surrogate mother

surrogate mother


noun

a woman who bears a child on behalf of a couple unable to have a child, either by artificial insemination from the man or implantation of an embryo from the woman

Derived Forms

surrogacy (ˈsʌrəɡəsɪ), noun
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Medicine definitions for surrogate mother

surrogate mother


n.

A woman who agrees to bear a child for another woman, either through artificial insemination by the other woman's husband or partner or by carrying until birth the other woman's surgically implanted fertilized egg.

Related forms

surrogate motherhood n.
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