Apgar Score
Sign 0 1 2
Heart Rate Absent Slow (less than 100) Greater than 100
Respiratory Effort Absent Slow, Irregular Good; crying
Muscle Tone Limp Some flexion of extremities Active motion
Reflex Irritability No response Grimace Cough or sneeze
Color Blue, pale Body pink; extremities blue Completely pink

System of scoring infant's physical condition one minute after birth. The heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, response to stimuli, and color are each rated 0, 1, or 2. The maximum total score is 10. Those with low scores require immediates attention if they are to survive. The test may be repeated at 5 or more minutes after birth in order to judge recovery of infants with low scores.