turgor

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tur·gor

noun \ˈtər-gər, -ˌgr\

Definition of TURGOR

:  the normal state of turgidity and tension in living cells; especially :  the distension of the protoplasmic layer and wall of a plant cell by the fluid contents

Origin of TURGOR

Late Latin, turgidity, swelling, from Latin turgēre
First Known Use: 1876

tur·gor

noun \ˈtər-gər, -ˌg(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TURGOR

: the normal state of turgidity and tension in living cells; especially : the rigidity of a plant that is due to the pressure of the cell contents against the cell walls and that is lost or greatly diminished in wilting

turgor

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Pressure exerted by fluid in a cell that presses the cell membrane against the cell wall. Turgor is what makes living plant tissue rigid. Loss of turgor, resulting from the loss of water from plant cells, causes flowers and leaves to wilt. Turgor plays a key role in the opening and closing of stomata (see stoma) in leaves.

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