- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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.
- becoming or being swollen; inflated; tumid