Definition of Apgar score in English:

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Apgar score

Pronunciation: /ˈapɡär ˌskôr/

noun

Medicine
A measure of the physical condition of a newborn infant. It is obtained by adding points (2, 1, or 0) for heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, response to stimulation, and skin coloration; a score of ten represents the best possible condition.
Example sentences
  • Habitual snoring in the mother was also associated with growth retardation of the fetus and a low Apgar score for the infant.
  • Many of the infants had low Apgar scores at birth, and overall 214 needed intubation and resuscitation.
  • Although low Apgar scores at five minutes were rare, they were more common in the low dose group.

Origin

1960s: named after Virginia Apgar (1909–74), American anesthesiologist who devised this method of assessment in 1953.

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Syllabification: Ap·gar score

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