What Does "turgid" Mean in Biology?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 4, 2020 8:43:23 PM ET

When biologists describe something as "turgid," they mean it is swollen, bloated, puffed up or inflated. The word is often used to describe an organ's distension due to high fluid content. For example: "Mary drank too much water, so her stomach was achy and turgid." The word comes from the Latin "turgidus," which means "to be swollen."