surrogate mother

noun

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

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surrogate motherhood noun

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The zoo has successfully raised 15 gorillas via surrogate mothers. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Zoo's baby gorilla was transferred to Columbus Zoo & Aquarium," 13 June 2018 News of the raid comes four months after a surrogate mother gave birth in China to a boy whose parents had died four years earlier in a car crash. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Cambodia Police Arrest 5 in Raid on Surrogacy Operation," 25 June 2018 Initially, the zoo hoped Shalia — another female in the troop, who already has a 3-year-old — could be a surrogate mother, and that would mean Zahra could stay in Milwaukee. 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 movie also sees the return of Blue, the superintelligent raptor who remains loyal to Owen, his trainer and surrogate mother. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "We’re Going to Need a Bigger Island," 22 June 2018 San Diego Zoo Global is preparing the females to become surrogate mothers to a northern white rhino baby to be created through stem cell technology. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rhino pregnancy stirs hope for a nearly extinct species," 17 May 2018 Since the February shooting, Zachary Cruz was kicked out of the home of Rocxanne Deschamps, who became a surrogate mother to the two brothers after their mother died in November. Fox News, "Florida school shooter's brother OK'd to move to Virginia, judge rules," 11 May 2018 This is what will be implanted into the southern white rhino surrogate mothers. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rhino pregnancy stirs hope for a nearly extinct species," 17 May 2018 Like his older brother before him, Zachary Cruz has been kicked out of the home of Rocxanne Deschamps, who became a surrogate mother to the Cruz brothers after their mother died in November. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Zachary Cruz gets permission to move to Virginia," 11 May 2018

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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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 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

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

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surrogate motherhood noun

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