Definition of Apgar score

measure used to evaluate general condition of a newborn baby, developed by an American anesthetist, Dr. Virginia Apgar. A score of 0, I, or 2 is given using criteria of heart rate, respiratory effort, skin color, muscle tone and reflex response to a nasal catheter. A score of between 8 and 10 would indicate a baby in excellent condition, whereas a score below 7 would cause concern.