sur·​ro·​ga·​cy | \ ˈsər-ə-gə-sē How to pronounce surrogacy (audio) \

Definition of surrogacy

: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

Examples of surrogacy in a Sentence

choosing between adoption and surrogacy
Recent Examples on the Web The first pic of baby Malti comes four months after Chopra and Jonas welcomed the child via surrogacy, following a peek of the baby's nursery in one of Chopra's February posts. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 May 2022 Welker, for example, recently shared her struggle with infertility and her journey to parenthood via surrogacy with her audience. Sam Reed, Glamour, 29 Apr. 2022 Although Lucía was born via surrogacy, according to reports from People and Today, Hilaria didn’t reveal in her latest Instagram post how their seventh child is joining the Baldwin clan. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 Since then, John and Furnish have had two sons, Zachary and Elijah, via surrogacy. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 28 Mar. 2022 The couple welcomed their first child in January, a daughter born via surrogacy. ELLE, 20 Mar. 2022 The tweets also made false and misleading claims about surrogacy and other areas of reproductive health. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 24 Feb. 2022 Psychological support in any surrogacy situation is key. Lizzie Cernik,, 17 Mar. 2022 For Everingham, improved global regulation of surrogacy is essential. Lizzie Cernik,, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of surrogacy

1982, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Surrogacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for surrogacy


sur·​ro·​ga·​cy | \ ˈsər-ə-gə-sē, ˈsə-rə- How to pronounce surrogacy (audio) \
plural surrogacies

Medical Definition of surrogacy

: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother


sur·​ro·​ga·​cy | \ ˈsər-ə-gə-sē How to pronounce surrogacy (audio) \
plural surrogacies

Legal Definition of surrogacy

1 : the office of a surrogate
2 : the practice of serving as a surrogate mother


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