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.
- ‘The effect of low root temperature on the cell turgor pressure.’
- ‘When cells leaked, turgor pressure irreversibly declined.’
- ‘The turgor of leaf epidermal cells exhibited a similar response.’
- ‘Fungal cells maintain a very high turgor pressure, so the integrity of the cell wall is a critical matter.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from late Latin, from turgere ‘to swell’.
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