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turgor

[tur-ger] /ˈtɜr gər/
noun
1.
Plant Physiology. the normal distention or rigidity of plant cells, resulting from the pressure exerted by the cell contents on the cell walls.
2.
the state of being swollen or distended.
Origin of turgor
1875-1880
1875-80; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin turg(ēre) to swell + -or -or1
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  • Restoration of turgor brings about recovery of the leaf to its normal erect position.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Increase of turgor induced by irrigation enhances the rate of growth.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • In sensitive plants stimulus applied at a distance induces in the responding region an expansion indicative of increase of turgor.

  • Withholding of water for a day caused a general loss of turgor of the plant.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • The other, which induces diminution of turgor and contraction, will be termed as the excitatory impulse.

  • We shall now investigate the change induced in a growing organ in the rate of growth by variation of turgor.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • He found that the tension in stems, and presumably its turgor, is increased with rise and decreased with fall of temperature.

  • turgor may be increased by enhancing the rate of ascent of sap or by an artificial increase of internal hydrostatic pressure.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • A diminution or negative variation of turgor depresses the rate of growth.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • I shall now describe the influence of induced diminution of turgor on the rate of growth.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
British Dictionary definitions for turgor

turgor

/ˈtɜːɡə/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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turgor in Medicine

turgor tur·gor (tûr'gər, -gôr')
n.

  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
turgor
  (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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