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[tur-ger] /ˈtɜr gər/
Plant Physiology. the normal distention or rigidity of plant cells, resulting from the pressure exerted by the cell contents on the cell walls.
the state of being swollen or distended.
Origin of turgor
1875-80; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin turg(ēre) to swell + -or -or1 Unabridged
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  • Plant cells tend to maintain a small positive pressure, known as turgor pressure.
British Dictionary definitions for turgor


the normal rigid state of a cell, caused by pressure of the cell contents against the cell wall or membrane See also turgor pressure
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin: a swelling, from Latin turgēre to swell
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Word Origin and History for turgor

1876, from Late Latin turgor, from turgere "to swell" (see turgid).

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turgor in Medicine

turgor tur·gor (tûr'gər, -gôr')

  1. The state of being turgid.

  2. The normal fullness or tension produced by the fluid content of blood vessels, capillaries, and cells.

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turgor in Science
  (tûr'gər, -gôr')   
The normal fullness or tension produced by the fluid content of blood vessels, capillaries, and plant or animal cells.
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