One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The state of turgidity and resulting rigidity of cells or tissues, typically due to the absorption of fluid.
- ‘When cells leaked, turgor pressure irreversibly declined.’
- ‘Cell expansion is driven by turgor pressure, and in healthy tissues is usually limited by the extensibility of the cell wall or sometimes by the wall yield threshold.’
- ‘The turgor of leaf epidermal cells exhibited a similar response.’
- ‘The effect of low root temperature on the cell turgor pressure.’
- ‘Fungal cells maintain a very high turgor pressure, so the integrity of the cell wall is a critical matter.’
Late 19th century: from late Latin, from turgere ‘to swell’.
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