[ tur-jes-uhnt ]
/ tɜrˈdʒɛs ənt /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM turgescenttur·ges·cence, tur·ges·cen·cy, noun
Words nearby turgescent
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How to use turgescent in a sentence
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
/ (tɜːˈdʒɛsənt) /
becoming or being swollen; inflated; tumid
Derived forms of turgescentturgescence or turgescency, noun
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Medical definitions for turgescent
[ tûr-jĕs′ənt ]
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