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  • A numerical measure of the health of a newborn baby. One minute after birth and at regular intervals afterward, newborns are rated 0, 1, or 2 on respiratory effort, heart rate, skin color, muscle tone, and reflexive response to smell--so possible total scores range from 0 to 10. Named after American anesthetist Virginia Apgar, who invented the scale.

    November 6, 2007