[ thik-so-truh-pee ]
/ θɪkˈsɒ trə pi /

noun Chemistry.

the property exhibited by certain gels of becoming liquid when stirred or shaken.

Origin of thixotropy

1925–30; < Greek thíx(is) touch + -o- + -tropy
Related formsthix·o·trop·ic [thik-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌθɪk səˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for thixotropic


/ (ˌθɪksəˈtrɒpɪk) /


(of fluids and gels) having a viscosity that decreases when a stress is applied, as when stirredthixotropic paints
Derived Formsthixotropy (θɪkˈsɒtrəpɪ), nounthixotrope (ˈθɪksəˌtrəʊp), noun

Word Origin for thixotropic

C20: from Greek thixis the act of touching + -tropic
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Word Origin and History for thixotropic



1927, from thixotropy, coined in German from Greek thixis "touching" + trope "turning" (see trope (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for thixotropic


[ thĭk-sŏtrə-pē ]


The property exhibited by certain gels of becoming fluid when stirred or shaken and returning to the semisolid state upon standing.
Related formsthix′o•tropic (thĭk′sə-trŏpĭk) adj.
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