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a woman who has been contracted with to carry a pregnancy for another woman or couple.
1. A woman who agrees, often for pay, to give birth to a child resulting from artificial insemination or the implantation of an already fertilized egg and who surrenders any parental rights to a third party.
2. One that acts as, serves as, or is a mother substitute.
surrogate motherhood n.
surrogate motherContract mother, surrogacy Social medicine A ♀ who agrees to be (artificially) inseminated with the sperm of the partner of an infertile ♀; the SM carries the baby to term, at which point it is adopted by the biological father and his partner. See Gestational surrogacy.
sur·ro·gate moth·er(sŭr'ŏ-găt mŏdh'ĕr)
A woman who is under contract to carry a pregnancy for another woman or couple.