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turgid

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adjective tur·gid \ˈtər-jəd\

Simple Definition of turgid

  • : very complicated and difficult to understand

  • : larger or fuller than normal because of swelling

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of turgid

  1. 1 :  being in a state of distension :  swollen, tumid <turgid limbs>; especially :  exhibiting turgor

  2. 2 :  excessively embellished in style or language :  bombastic, pompous <turgid prose>

turgidity play \ˌtər-ˈji-də-tē\ noun
turgidly play \ˈtər-jəd-lē\ adverb
turgidness noun

Examples of turgid in a sentence

  1. <turgid leeches having had their fill of blood>



Origin of turgid

Latin turgidus, from turgēre to be swollen


First Known Use: 1620

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turgid

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adjective tur·gid \ˈtər-jəd\

Medical Definition of turgid

  1. :  being in a normal or abnormal state of distension :  swollen, tumid <turgid limbs> <turgid living cells>




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