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turgescent

[ tur-jes-uhnt ]
/ tɜrˈdʒɛs ənt /
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adjective
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 turgescent

tur·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.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
  • Young osmotic cells appear swollen and turgescent, whereas old ones become flaccid, relaxed, and wrinkled.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc

British Dictionary definitions for turgescent

turgescent
/ (tɜːˈdʒɛsənt) /

adjective
becoming or being swollen; inflated; tumid

Derived forms of turgescent

turgescence or turgescency, noun
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Medical definitions for turgescent

turgescent
[ tûr-jĕsənt ]

adj.
Tumescent.
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