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a. The condition of being swollen.
b. The process of swelling.
2. Pomposity; self-importance.

[From Latin turgēscere, to begin to swell, inchoative of turgēre, to be swollen.]

tur·ges′cent adj.
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becoming or being swollen; inflated; tumid
turˈgescence, turˈgescency n
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(tɜrˈdʒɛs ənt)

becoming swollen; swelling.
[1720–30; < Latin turgēscent-, s. of turgēscēns, present participle of turgēscere, inchoative derivative of turgēre to swell]
tur•ges′cence, tur•ges′cen•cy, n.
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The endothelial cells were turgescent, enlarged in size, with abundant cytoplasm.
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Externally, the gonad is turgescent and the ovary portion acquires the characteristic dark orange color, whereas the testis portion is beige.