surrogacy

noun
sur·ro·ga·cy | \ˈsər-ə-gə-sē \

Definition of surrogacy 

: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

Examples of surrogacy in a Sentence

choosing between adoption and surrogacy

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Cambodia is one of four Asian countries — along with Thailand, Nepal and India — that have banned commercial surrogacy in recent years. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Cambodia Police Arrest 5 in Raid on Surrogacy Operation," 25 June 2018 The Columbus zoo has successfully raised 15 gorillas through surrogacy. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo worked 24/7 to care for baby gorilla after its parents died," 29 June 2018 The surrogacy isn’t even the main focus of Moira’s storyline. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 7 Finally Offers a Glimmer of Hope," 31 May 2018 The husband and wife were both only children, and the couple’s parents resolved to use surrogacy to continue the family line. Austin Ramzy, BostonGlobe.com, "Baby in China Is Born to Surrogate 4 Years After His Parents’ Deaths," 13 Apr. 2018 Those very official items also happen to be exactly what would be uncovered in the surrogacy process, as opposed to what a local makeup artists thinks. refinery29.com, "The Problem With Becky's Surrogacy Storyline On Roseanne," 28 Mar. 2018 Just in time for Father’s Day, the Chicago Tribune spoke with a man joining a small but growing club of single fathers having biological children via surrogacy. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pa. baseball bat country in trouble, 'fair workweek' finds Council allies | Morning Newsletter," 14 June 2018 Najin and Fatu are both capable of reproducing – but the surrogacy process is complicated and pricey. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, dies from 'age-related complications'," 20 Mar. 2018 That law sent much of the country’s surrogacy-for-hire business for foreigners to Cambodia, which later passed its own law against it. Washington Post, "Japanese father of 13 surrogate children veiled in mystery," 21 Feb. 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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surrogacy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surrogacy

: the practice by which a woman (called a surrogate mother) becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby in order to give it to someone who cannot have children

surrogacy

noun
sur·ro·ga·cy | \ˈsər-ə-gə-sē, ˈsə-rə- \
plural surrogacies

Medical Definition of surrogacy 

: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

surrogacy

noun
sur·ro·ga·cy | \ˈsər-ə-gə-sē \
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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