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

noun Chemistry.

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

Nearby words

  1. thither,
  2. thitherto,
  3. thitherward,
  4. thixolabile,
  5. thixotropic,
  6. thjalfi,
  7. thjazi,
  8. thjórsá,
  9. tho,
  10. tho'

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

Medicine definitions for thixotropy


[ 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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