- 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.
Compare embryo transfer.
Origin of surrogate mother
First recorded in 1975–80
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- 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
- 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.