Apgar score

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Apgar score: Ballard score

Ap·gar score

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.

[After Virginia Apgar (1909-1974), American physician.]

apgar score

(ˈæpɡɑː) or

apgar rating

(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) 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
[C20: named after V. Apgar (1909–74), US anaesthetist]

Ap′gar score`

(ˈæp gɑr)
a quantitative evaluation of the health of a newborn, rating breathing, heart rate, muscle tone, etc., on a scale of 1 to 10.
[after Virginia Apgar (1909–74), U.S. physician]

Apgar score

- A measure of a baby's well-being taking into consideration respiratory effort, skin color, heart rate, muscle tone, and sense of smell (named for American anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar).
See also related terms for measured.

Apgar score

- A measure of a baby's wellbeing that takes into account respiratory effort, skin color, heart rate, muscle tone, and sense of smell—named for American anesthetist Virginia Apgar.
See also related terms for score.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Apgar score - an assessment of the physical condition of a newborn infantApgar score - an assessment of the physical condition of a newborn infant; involves heart rate and muscle tone and respiratory effort and color and reflex responsiveness
assay, check - an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
References in periodicals archive ?
The sensors evaluate a new baby's pulse rate and breathing patterns - two key criteria of the Apgar Score - which is used to measure a baby's health.
An Apgar score below 7 occurred in 5% of cases of moderate and 16% of severe AS.
2] Clinically, the need for bag-and-mask ventilation (BMV) at birth and/or an Apgar score <7 have been used to define intrapartum asphyxia.
The condition of the baby on a Apgar score is 7-8, the doctor said.
Several factors point to low oxygen at birth including a low Apgar score (the fitness scoring system for new babies) at five and 10 minutes after birth; high acid level in the baby's blood; major organ failure; and an MRI scan showing a particular pattern of cerebral injury.
The secondary aim was to assess whether cranberry usage during pregnancy was associated with selected pregnancy outcomes such as stillbirth/neonatal death, low birth weight, preterm birth, low Apgar score, neonatal infections and maternal vaginal bleeding.
These include a low Apgar score at 5 and 10 minutes after birth; high acid level (called acidemia) in the umbilical artery; major organ failure; and an MRI scan showing a particular pattern of cerebral injury, according to the new report.
The neonatal variables studied were birth weight, gestational age, gender, adequate weight for gestational age (9), score for neonatal acute physiology and perinatal extension (SNAPPE) (10), 1st- and 5th-min Apgar score, necessity of surfactant use, and necessity of ventilation during the first 5 days after birth.
The infant outcomes we examine include (1) preterm birth (gestational age <37 weeks); (2) whether the infant had a low APGAR score ([less than or equal to] 7) at 5 minutes; (3) incidence of low birth weight (<2,500 g); and (4) average birth-weight (at term and for all births).
The award is named in honor of Virginia Apgar, MD, who developed the five-point APGAR score to evaluate an infant's health at birth, and who served as vice president for medical affairs of the March of Dimes.
The following information was documented on the questionnaire form: envelope number, age, gravidity, parity, maternal weight, blood pressure and pulse before and 1 hour after the propranolol or placebo was given, quantity of oxytocin given before and after randomization, time and method of pain relief, time and method of delivery, Apgar score, fetal weight, indication for caesarean section, and any complications experienced.
The full model was developed after controlling for birth weight, teenage mother, sex, Apgar score at 5 minutes, chorioamnionitis, outborn status, completed antenatal steroids, small for gestational age, Caesarean birth and severity of illness group based on Score of Neonatal Acute Physiology-II (SNAP-II).