Definition of surrogate mother in English:

surrogate mother

noun

  • 1A person or animal which takes on all or part of the role of mother to another person or animal.

    • ‘To ensure the survival of the cub, the staff then decided to provide a female dog with pups as a surrogate mother.’
    • ‘While baby kangaroos are very, very cute, being a surrogate mother isn't as easy as patting the joey every so often and giving it a drink when you remember.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also seems likely that many cult followers have found a surrogate family and a surrogate mother or father or both in the cult leader.’
    • ‘Playing the role of surrogate mother, Kwan looks after her half sister, Olivia, and at the same time learns to speak English from her.’
    • ‘The babies are pulled from their mothers as early as three days old and given an inanimate object, such as a stuffed animal or blanket as a surrogate mother.’
    • ‘A litter of orphaned kittens has been brought back from the brink of death by a caring surrogate mother - a hunting dog weighing 30 kilos.’
    • ‘It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother.’
    • ‘She had always seen her aunt as a surrogate mother after her mother had passed away.’
    • ‘Buttons the beagle quickly adopted Monty and became his surrogate mother - a role she also played for Rommel.’
    • ‘I'm her surrogate mother when her own one's not here and my daughters come here as well now.’
  • 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 uterus of a fertilized egg from the other woman.

    • ‘If cancer has left you unable to become pregnant, a surrogate mother may be able to carry the baby.’
    • ‘The identity of the surrogate mother, the woman who had carried the baby to term for the couple, was not disclosed in deference to her wish.’
    • ‘This means the surrogate mother can be regarded as having received donated gametes to conceive.’
    • ‘The reconstituted embryos are extremely fragile, and transferring them to the uterus of the surrogate mother who is to carry them to term is a matter of great difficulty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His next production will be the twins he and his partner are expecting this fall, via a surrogate mother.’
    • ‘The surrogate mother must therefore register the baby to whom she has given birth in the normal way.’
    • ‘Most are born through traditional surrogacy - the surrogate mother conceives using her own egg after being artificially inseminated with the sperm of the intended father.’
    • ‘The scientists said they had shown it was possible to produce a full-term pregnancy in which the surrogate mother was also the nuclear donor.’
    • ‘Sadly, that pregnancy failed, but the surrogate mother became pregnant a second time and cameras follow the event.’
    • ‘The baby was born through a surrogate mother and is eight weeks old.’
    • ‘A surrogate mother in Phoenix, Arizona has given birth to quintuplets by caesarean section.’
    • ‘The child born through surrogacy should have the right to know the identity of the surrogate mother.’
    • ‘Many cannot afford to pay their surrogate mother's expenses, let alone the cost of in vitro fertilisation or artificial insemination procedures in a clinic.’
    • ‘The fertilised ovum was then implanted in the womb of the surrogate mother.’
    • ‘Genetic material was transferred from the adult cell to the egg, which grew into an embryo and was implanted in a surrogate mother.’
    • ‘He's left idly speculating that his resemblance to his adoptive father isn't evidence that he was the product of his adoptive father with a surrogate mother.’
    • ‘I once offered to be a surrogate mother for my sister’
    • ‘Five more embryos were implanted into a single surrogate mother.’
    • ‘And, from the point of view of the commissioning mother, it is not known how the involvement of the surrogate mother will affect her security in her mothering role.’

Pronunciation

surrogate mother