Definition of surrogate mother in English:

surrogate mother

Line breaks: sur¦ro|gate mother

noun

  • 1A person or animal which takes on all or part of the role of mother to another person or animal.
    More example sentences
    • As a kid, my mom had to juggle her studies and her role as a surrogate mother to her sisters and brothers, because her mother, my grandmother, was quite mad.
    • Buttons the beagle quickly adopted Monty and became his surrogate mother - a role she also played for Rommel.
    • She had always seen her aunt as a surrogate mother after her mother had passed away.
  • 2A woman who bears a child on behalf of another woman, either from her own egg fertilized by the other woman’s partner, or from the implantation in her womb of a fertilized egg from the other woman.
    More example sentences
    • The cell is then treated in an activation medium that allows it to develop into an embryo to be implanted in a surrogate mother's womb.
    • The fertilised ovum was then implanted in the womb of the surrogate mother.
    • Five more embryos were implanted into a single surrogate mother.

More definitions of surrogate mother

Definition of surrogate mother in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw