a numerical measure of the physical health of a newborn infant derived by evaluating heart rate, muscle tone, respiratory effort, response to stimulation, skin color, and other physiological indicators.
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Origin of Apgar score
named after V. Apgar
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British Dictionary definitions for apgar score
/ (ˈæpɡɑː) /
a system for determining the condition of an infant at birth by allotting a maximum of 2 points to each of the following: heart rate, breathing effort, muscle tone, response to stimulation, and colour
Word Origin for apgar score
C20: named after V. Apgar (1909–74), US anaesthetist
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Medical definitions for apgar score
[ ăp′gär ]
A system of evaluating a newborn's physical condition by assigning a value (0, 1, or 2) to each of five criteria: heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, response to stimuli, and skin color.
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Scientific definitions for apgar score
[ ăp′gär ]
A score that assesses the general physical condition of a newborn infant by assigning a value of 0, 1, or 2 to each of five criteria: heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, skin color, and response to stimuli. The five scores are added together, with a perfect score being 10. Apgar scores are usually evaluated at one minute and five minutes after birth. The Apgar score is named for the system's deviser, American physician Virginia Apgar (1909-1974).
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