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What is the meaning of 'surrogate'?

By Babygest Staff .
Last Update: 02/08/2018

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of the word 'surrogate' is:

1: one appointed to act in place of another / 2: one that serves as a substitute

So, as one can see, both definitions imply that a surrogate is a woman who acts as a gestational carrier, that is, substitutes the intended mother to bear the pregnancy for her.