tur·​gor | \ ˈtər-gər How to pronounce turgor (audio) , -ˌgȯr \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Record High Temperatures Hurt California Wine Harvest," 7 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of turgor

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turgor

Late Latin, turgidity, swelling, from Latin turgēre

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The first known use of turgor was in 1876

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“Turgor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turgor. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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tur·​gor | \ ˈtər-gər How to pronounce turgor (audio) , -ˌgȯ(ə)r How to pronounce turgor (audio) \

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

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