Doctors checking a newborn to determine its Apgar score.
a quantitative rating test with a maximum of ten used to measure the vital signs of a newborn a minute or so after birth: a score greater than seven signifies good health
A system of assessing the general physical condition of a newborn infant based on a rating of 0, 1, or 2 for five criteria: heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, skin color, and response to stimuli. The five scores are added together, with a perfect score being 10.
Origin of Apgar scoreAfter Virginia Apgar, (1909–1974), American physician.
(plural Apgar scores)
- A zero to ten point score given to newborns based on their APGAR vitals.
From Dr. Virginia Apgar, 1952