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