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a female parent. With techniques of assisted fertility, three types of mother can be defined: (1) genetic, (2) gestational, and (3) social. A woman may be one, two, or all three types of mother to a child.
genetic mother a woman whose contribution to the child was the ovum, and hence genes.
gestational mother a woman whose uterus was used for the nurturing and development of an embryo into a baby.
social mother a woman who rears the baby after birth.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. The female parent.
2. Any cell or other structure from which other similar bodies are formed.
[A.S. mōdor]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


a. A woman who gives birth to a child.
b. A woman whose egg unites with a sperm, producing an embryo.
c. A woman who adopts a child.
d. A woman who raises a child.
2. A female parent of an animal.
v. moth·ered, moth·ering, moth·ers
To act or serve as a mother.
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Drug slang A regionally popular street term for marijuana
Genetics The progenitor of a cell or cell line, more commonly termed stem cell
Vox populi The female parent
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


Genetics The progenitor of a cell or cell line. Cf Daughter cell Vox populi The female parent. See Birth mother, Genetic mother, Gestational mother, Surrogate mother, Workingmother.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. The female parent.
2. Any cell or other structure from which other similar bodies are formed.
[A.S. mōdor]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about mother

Q. How do I break it to my mother that I have infantile amnesia

A. i'de let the doctor that diagnosed me with infantile amnesia to tell it to my parents, he can explains to your mother exactly what it means,treatments all sorts..

Q. how to tell kids their mother has cancer? One is a 4 year old boy and one is a 9 year old girl. any advice?

A. well these kids are dealing with really difficult times. I guess I never thought you should handle these things at such a young age. It gives you a freat jump right into adult life,I don't like it at all, but what can you do? everybody just wish their mother will be better soon.

Q. Can hepatitis pass from mother to her baby? I got hepatitis B when I was given blood in a hospital somewhere in the far east. I’m now pregnant with a baby boy, and I’m a bit worried- Will he also get HBV? I heard that mothers wit HBV must undergo cesarean section instead of regular birth- Is that right? I must add that my liver is fine and I don’t have any active disease at the moment, and so far the pregnancy is OK without any problems. I heard a lot about the importance of breast feeding, and really want to breastfeed him after he’ll be born. Will that be possible?

A. can.but the chance of in utero transmission is oniy 2%.more often it occures at the time of birth.

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Mommy did tell us that no one except for Aunt Renise is to know about this secret work, but I had to tell Kimmy Rodgers, since she's my best friend in the whole world.
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Your three sisters are old enough to take care of themselves, but you need someone more mature to look after you while Mommy is in the hospital.
MOM is rebranding and repackaging its Baby's Bliss and Mommy's Bliss products to freshen their look and support an expanding portfolio.
Kate Zambreno has written a literary triptych on the altar of modern suburban American life: "it's the American way the nuclear family the nuclear bomb the white picket fence." We learn of Mommy (dearest), a psychotic housewife; Maggie, her daughter infected with grim fairytales of pills and "not nice" boys; and Malachi, a cultural agent holding up signs of disaster as Mommy and her unfortunate daughter speed in tanklike SUVs (that Daddy builds) down American highways.
As the little girl reads books with Nonnie and Poppy, she wonders if her Daddy will ever twirl her around just like the Daddy in the book twirls his little girl or if her Mommy will ever tuckher in at night just like the Mommy in the book tucks in her little girl.
Repeat this for the Mommy card, for the Sister card, the Junior card, and the Baby card.
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