Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being turgid.
  • n. Biology The normal fullness or tension produced by the fluid content of blood vessels, capillaries, and plant or animal cells.

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  • n. the pressure produced by a solution in a space that is enclosed by a differentially permeable membrane.
  • n. turgidity

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In physiology, the normal fullness of the capillaries and smaller blood-vessels, upon which is supposed to depend in part the resilience of the tissues: usually qualified by the epithet vital.
  • n. In botany See the quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (biology) the normal rigid state of fullness of a cell or blood vessel or capillary resulting from pressure of the contents against the wall or membrane

Etymologies

Late Latin, from Latin turgēre, to be swollen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "However, they decline with age, and this leads to drier skin and loss of cell volume or 'turgor'."

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  • Methods that involve detaching parts of the plant are destructive and survival studies rely on qualitative observation of physical symptoms of water deficit stress such as turgor loss, chlorosis, and other qualities that can vary greatly between specimens and are also sensitive to experimental conditions.

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  • "Wrinkles and skin sagging occur when skin loses collagen and the skin cell interior's ability to maintain 'turgor' decreases.

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  • Tree health increases host resistance to beetle attack: healthy spruce trees can successfully resist moderate numbers of beetle attacks by opposing the wood-boring activity of females entering the tree to lay eggs with pitch under high turgor pressure [9].

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  • Host trees that are under stress, including either climate stress or stress from mechanical breakage, have reduced growth reserves, less pitch, and lower turgor pressure, and so are less able to resist spruce bark beetle attacks.

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  • These appendages are manipulated by muscle movement and turgor pressure.

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  • They actually take some of the blood, they re-hydrate it, give it a little bit more turgor.

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  • Root and stem xylem embolism, stomatal conductance, and leaf turgor in Acer grandidentatum populations along a soil moisture gradient.

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  • For otherwise healthy adults, the triggers for the need for immediate medical attention for diarrhea include blood and/or mucus in the stools, fever accompanied by shaking chills, and/or if dehydration is occurring (symptoms of dehydration include a dry or sticky mouth, low or no urine output (concentrated urine appears dark yellow), not producing tears, and sunken eyes; clinical signs include low blood pressure, rapid pulse rates, poor skin turgor, and delayed capillary refill).

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  • But in the afternoon, they would droop, lose turgor, and stop growing as the temperature outpaced the available water.

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