surrogate mother

noun

Definition of surrogate mother

1a : a woman who becomes pregnant by artificial insemination or by implantation of a fertilized egg created by in vitro fertilization for the purpose of carrying the fetus to term for another person or persons Live births by surrogate mothers were up more than 160 percent from 2004 to 2013, to 1,939, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.— Michael Ollove A surrogate mother has given birth to quadruplets, who will be raised by their natural father and his male domestic partner.Associated Press Evidence suggests that US military wives are increasingly targeted as desirable surrogate mothers; they are generally low to-middle-income, stay-at-home mothers with high-quality, government-sponsored health care and few employment options of their own …— Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz
b : a female animal that is impregnated (as by embryo transfer or artificial insemination) in order to bear young in place of another animal Farmers administer fertility drugs to prize cows and then artificially inseminate them. A week later, experts flush out fertilized embryos and freeze them until they're sold for implantation in surrogate mothers.— Janet Raloff The mare was only a surrogate mother; the zebra embryo, fertilized normally a year ago Wednesday, was implanted in the mare's womb last May by Dr. Bill Foster …. This was the first known instance of a horse giving birth to a full-blooded zebra, according to zoo officials.The New York Times
2 : one who acts or serves as a substitute mother In Gimme a Break! in the early 1980s, Nell Carter played a live-in housekeeper to a widowed white police officer (Dolph Sweet), and became essentially a surrogate mother to his children.— John McWhorter Typically, Nick managed to attract the sympathy of a surrogate mother—albeit a crusty one. When he showed up on the Solution set an hour late, [Katherine] Hepburn … gave him a lecture.— Michelle Green Part of the credit for their success goes to a large stuffed Snoopy dog, which became the young chick's surrogate mother, says Frank Todd, corporate curator of birds at Sea World. Emperor chicks in the wild nestle on the feet of their mothers, and researchers had reasoned that the toy animal would provide similar security.National Wildlife

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Other Words from surrogate mother

surrogate motherhood noun
Advocates of surrogate motherhood say that private arrangements between individuals are part of a guaranteed right to bear children without interference from the state. — Curtis J. Sitomer

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Recent Examples on the Web Jumping from the previous 1980s setting, season 3 begins in 1994 when Blanca stands with confidence in her role as surrogate mother to a new group of LGBTQ teens who've run away from troubled homes. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Pose star Mj Rodriguez is ready to claim what's hers," 4 May 2021 Colburn is serving as the Tauers' gestational carrier, a surrogate mother who had Chancey's embryo implanted into her uterus. Star Tribune, "Love and basketball, and baby too: St. Thomas coach Johnny Tauer's family story is tough to top," 24 Apr. 2021 After the embryos had developed in surrogate mother pigs for 3 to 4 weeks, only about one in 100,000 of their cells were human. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Lab-grown embryos mix human and monkey cells for the first time," 15 Apr. 2021 At this point, as the culture cells are finished and placed into oocytes, the resulting embryos are then transferred into the surrogate mother. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clone Your Dog," 21 Dec. 2020 Van Dusen also reportedly consulted with Page and with Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury -- a surrogate mother figure for the Duke -- about their characters. oregonlive, "‘Bridgerton’: A deliciously gifted, diverse cast delivers a smart, sexy period romance (review)," 22 Dec. 2020 For example, the surrogate mother for Kaufman’s chihuahuas was a beagle. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clone Your Dog," 21 Dec. 2020 The team then transplanted the egg back inside the horse, which acted as a surrogate mother. Jonathan Wosen San Diego Union-tribune, Star Tribune, "Zoo scientists revive cells from 40-year deep freeze to clone endangered horse," 22 Oct. 2020 First, Kurt needs at least another year with his surrogate mother. Jonathan Wosen San Diego Union-tribune, Star Tribune, "Zoo scientists revive cells from 40-year deep freeze to clone endangered horse," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of surrogate mother

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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surrogate mother

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surrogate mother

: a woman who agrees to become pregnant in order to give the baby to someone who cannot have children

surrogate mother

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Medical Definition of surrogate mother

: a woman who becomes pregnant by artificial insemination or by implantation of a fertilized egg created by in vitro fertilization for the purpose of carrying the fetus to term for another person or persons

Other Words from surrogate mother

surrogate motherhood noun

surrogate mother

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Legal Definition of surrogate mother

: a woman who becomes pregnant usually by artificial insemination or surgical implantation of a fertilized egg for the purpose of carrying the fetus to term for another woman

Other Words from surrogate mother

surrogate motherhood noun

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