tur·​gor ˈtər-gər How to pronounce turgor (audio)
: 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

Examples of turgor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What Causes Excess Skin After Weight Loss? In general, the skin has some degree of elasticity, known as skin turgor. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 2 Nov. 2023 Water evaporates, and the cells lose turgor pressure and shrink. Science & Food, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2012 The skin turgor test, also known as the skin tent test, is one way to check for dehydration in your dog. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 Like most mammals, human penises are mostly fleshy, with lots of vascular space for blood to flow into to make the flaccid structure rigid with turgor pressure. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2017 Hudson measures the turgor pressure — basically the water content — of the leaves to determine how much to irrigate before heat spikes hit. Chiara Sottile, NBC News, 7 Oct. 2017

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Word History


Late Latin, turgidity, swelling, from Latin turgēre

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turgor was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Turgor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turgor. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the normal state of firmness and tension of living cells

Medical Definition


: 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
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