surrogacy

noun

sur·​ro·​ga·​cy ˈsər-ə-gə-sē How to pronounce surrogacy (audio)
: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

Examples of surrogacy in a Sentence

choosing between adoption and surrogacy
Recent Examples on the Web Tammy and her husband Jordan made headlines when they were forced by Michigan’s old surrogacy laws to adopt their own biological children born via surrogate in 2021. Susan Young, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 Her experience inspired her to advocate for changes to Michigan’s surrogacy laws. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 1 Apr. 2024 The couple admittedly also did not fully understand the realities of the process and that surrogacy doesn’t guarantee a live birth. Anna Halkidis, Parents, 28 Mar. 2024 Egg donors, reproductive technology like IVF, and surrogacy can help make pregnancy and childbirth possible for older parents. Wendy Wisner, Health, 27 Mar. 2024 These include fostering, adoption, surrogacy and volunteer mentoring. Jeanne Phillips, The Mercury News, 25 Mar. 2024 Advocates for the legislation say Michigan is the only state with a ban on compensated surrogacy agreements. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2024 He was born in 2015 Rockwell was born via surrogacy on Aug. 27, 2015. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 But perhaps surrogacy parent Joseph Tito summarizes this feeling best. Taylor Grothe, Parents, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surrogacy was in 1982

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“Surrogacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrogacy. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

surrogacy

noun
sur·​ro·​ga·​cy ˈsər-ə-gə-sē, ˈsə-rə- How to pronounce surrogacy (audio)
plural surrogacies
: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

Legal Definition

surrogacy

noun
sur·​ro·​ga·​cy ˈsər-ə-gə-sē How to pronounce surrogacy (audio)
plural surrogacies
1
: the office of a surrogate
2
: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother
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