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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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 Repeating their legendary stage performances are Julie Harris as the ferociously lonely tomboy Frankie and Ethel Waters as Berenice, her de facto surrogate mother. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: Movies that live up to the books that inspired them," 18 June 2020 The surrogate mother gets $15,000, plus $400 in monthly support during her pregnancy. NBC News, "How a Texas couple claimed their baby from Ukraine despite the coronavirus lockdown," 9 June 2020 The cubs, one male and one female, were born on Wednesday at the Ohio zoo to their surrogate mother Izzy, a 3-year-old cheetah and first-time mom. CBS News, "Two cheetah cubs born by surrogate mother for the first time in history," 25 Feb. 2020 Two cheetah cubs have been born via in vitro fertilization to a surrogate mother for the first time ever at the Columbus Zoo. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "2 cheetah cubs born via IVF for 1st time at Columbus Zoo," 25 Feb. 2020 The cubs were born February 19 at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio to their surrogate mother Izzy, a 3-year-old cheetah, according to Smithsonian's National Zoo. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Two cheetah cubs were born for the first time by IVF. The breakthrough offers hope for the threatened species," 24 Feb. 2020 The cubs, one male and one female, and their surrogate mother, Izzy, are doing well after the birth on Feb. 19, the zoo's vice president of animal health, Dr. Randy Junge, and president and CEO, Tom Stalf, told ABC News. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "2 cheetah cubs born via IVF for 1st time at Columbus Zoo," 25 Feb. 2020 Then, the embryo is transferred to a surrogate mother, who will give birth after a normal gestation. Alicia Lee, CNN, "A California couple was heartbroken to say goodbye to their beloved dog, Marley. So they cloned him," 27 Feb. 2020 Two cheetah cubs have been born through in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer into a surrogate mother for the first time. CBS News, "Two cheetah cubs born by surrogate mother for the first time in history," 25 Feb. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrogate%20mother. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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surrogate mother

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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

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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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