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[tur-jes-uh nt]
  1. becoming swollen; swelling.
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Origin of turgescent

1720–30; < Latin turgēscent- (stem of turgēscēns), present participle of turgēscere to begin to swell, equivalent to turg(ēre) to swell + -ēscent- -escent
Related formstur·ges·cence, tur·ges·cen·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for turgescence

Historical Examples

  • It is in youth that this turgescence and clearness are most evident.


    Alexander Walker

  • In his discussion on growth it is interesting to find the idea of turgescence supplying the motive force for extension.

  • A physical feeling of turgescence and congestion in that region, such as swimmers often feel, probably increased the impression.

    Army Life in a Black Regiment

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The turgescence may involve the whole extent of the mucosa of the inferior turbinated bodies, including their posterior ends.

  • I am very glad that you will again discuss the view of the turgescence of the cells being the cause of the movement of parts.

British Dictionary definitions for turgescence


  1. becoming or being swollen; inflated; tumid
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Derived Formsturgescence or turgescency, noun
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turgescence in Medicine


  1. The condition of being swollen; tumescence.
  2. The process of swelling.
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  1. Tumescent.
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