[tur-jes-uh nt]


becoming swollen; swelling.

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 turgescent

Historical Examples of turgescent

  • Consequently water has a tendency to penetrate the cellular walls of plants, to distend the cells and render them turgescent.

  • Young osmotic cells appear swollen and turgescent, whereas old ones become flaccid, relaxed, and wrinkled.

British Dictionary definitions for turgescent



becoming or being swollen; inflated; tumid
Derived Formsturgescence or turgescency, noun
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turgescent in Medicine




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