Definition of turgor in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtərɡər/


  • The state of turgidity and resulting rigidity of cells or tissues, typically due to the absorption of fluid.

    as modifier ‘turgor pressure’
    • ‘When cells leaked, turgor pressure irreversibly declined.’
    • ‘The effect of low root temperature on the cell turgor pressure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.