surrogacy

noun
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 At the time, New York was one of a handful of states outlawing commercial surrogacy. David Crary, Star Tribune, "No longer an outlier: New York ends commercial surrogacy ban," 14 Feb. 2021 After the team worked out the details behind the surrogacy (Michigan has stringent requirements), the embryo was transferred in January 2020 on what was an emotional day for all involved. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Serves as Surrogate for High School Friend Who Faced Cancer: 'A Great Act of Kindness'," 28 Dec. 2020 Critics argued that surrogacy allows the wealthy to exploit disadvantaged women who have few other options to make money. New York Times, "A Chinese Celebrity Scandal Puts Surrogate Births on Trial," 20 Jan. 2021 On Tuesday, China Central Television, the main state broadcaster, issued its own condemnation of surrogacy on Weibo. New York Times, "A Chinese Celebrity Scandal Puts Surrogate Births on Trial," 20 Jan. 2021 Sanchez and Joshua did not want to give up on their dreams of having children and considered gestational surrogacy as an option. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Serves as Surrogate for High School Friend Who Faced Cancer: 'A Great Act of Kindness'," 28 Dec. 2020 Several months after his birth, the star reflected on her decision to turn to surrogacy. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Lucy Liu Celebrates Son Rockwell's 5th Birthday with Rare Photo: 'He Is a Rainbow of Light'," 29 Aug. 2020 Like most carriers, BCBSIL doesn’t cover surrogacy. NBC News, "Gay couples face added hurdle when trying to start a family: Insurance policies," 17 Dec. 2020 The conflict between Kelley and the couple that hired her drew national attention and marked a turning point for surrogacy. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Girl in famous surrogacy case dies at age 8," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of surrogacy

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Surrogacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrogacy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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- How to pronounce surrogacy (audio) \
plural surrogacies

Medical Definition of surrogacy

: the practice of serving as a surrogate mother

surrogacy

noun
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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