tur·​ges·​cent ˌtər-ˈje-sᵊnt How to pronounce turgescent (audio)
: becoming turgid, distended, or inflated
turgescence noun

Word History


Latin turgescent-, turgescens, present participle of turgescere to swell, inchoative of turgēre to be swollen

First Known Use

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turgescent was circa 1727

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Cite this Entry

“Turgescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turgescent. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


tur·​ges·​cent -ˈjes-ᵊnt How to pronounce turgescent (audio)
: becoming turgid, distended, or swollen

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