n. the wail or sound produced by a newborn baby upon birth. It is more of an initial reflex to exposure to a new environment outside of the maternal womb. As a means of clearing the airways of amniotic fluid, it also heralds the start of respiration.

BIRTH CRY: "Because it clears the airways and initiates respiration, the birth cry is a welcome response from a newborn infant."
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