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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]
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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
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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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The Motherland House Concert is particularly unique as it showcases a combination of African musicians and poets, different African music genres, real-life stories from 3 different African countries in every house concert thereby, painting a real picture of Africa's diversity.
Serenity, courage, and wisdom: These three revered words will providentially affect the way we think as a people and dictate the direction of our Motherland in the future.
Addressing the participants, MPA Nabeera Andleeb Naeemi said the women will have to play an equal part in defending the ideological and geographical boundaries of the motherland. She said a greater role for women in societal development will help promote long-term peace and stability as they can prove to be the best agents of change with huge potential to build peaceful and prosperous societies.
Air Chief Marshal Khan said Pakistan was a 'peace-loving nation' but warned that 'if the war is imposed on us, we would defend the aerial frontiers of our motherland at any cost.'
While interacting with the combat crew, the air chief said: 'We are a peace-loving nation, but if war is imposed on us, we will defend the aerial frontiers of our motherland at any cost.
Adeeko's contribution to the wellbeing of the children and youths, he said was part of the Motherland Beckons' Diaspora Nigeria Economic Recovery programme, which he said was created for this purpose where Nigerians and African-Americans abroad can come and contribute to the growth of Africa.
For reasons to do with an irrational attachment to the motherlands harboured by many nationalists in Cyprus at the time, an undertaking by their leaders was not thought adequate or trustworthy.
He paid rich tribute to the martyrs for their sacrifices in defending the motherland and added the nation will never forget their martyrs being a great nation.
The Minister said that the candle lit from blood of the martyrs was clear announcement that the nation was ready for every sacrifice to defend the motherland in case of any eventuality.
He further remind the countrymen that this is the time to be more conscious towards our national goals of making the security and stability of our beloved motherland impregnable; ensure well being and prosperity of the nation and bring lasting peace in the society.
Taiwan is my home, China is my motherland," "Motherland China is where my dreams are coming true,' and "proud to be Chinese."
THE first in a series of crime novels set in St Petersburg, Motherland by GD Abson, takes us on the trail of Zena Dahl, the daughter of a Swedish millionaire, who has gone missing in St Petersburg after a night out.