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Apgar score: An rated evaluation of a newborn's ability to adjust to being outside the womb. The evaluation is done at 1 minute after birth and then after 5 minutes and the results can be used to determine if an infant needs further medical attention.
Apgar score: A method, developed by Dr. Virginia Apgar, to evaluate a newborn's adjustment to extrauterine life. Five items - heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and color - are evaluated 60 seconds after birth and again five minutes later on a scale from 0-2, 0 being the lowest, 2 being normal. The five numbers are added for the Apgar score. A score of 0-3 represents severe distress, 4-7 indicates moderate distress, and a score of 7-10 predicts an absence of difficulty in adjusting to extrauterine life.
Source: MeSH 2007
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