thixotropy

[ 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 forms

thix·o·trop·ic [thik-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌθɪk səˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/, adjective
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Medicine definitions for thixotropy

thixotropy

[ thĭk-sŏtrə-pē ]

n.

The property exhibited by certain gels of becoming fluid when stirred or shaken and returning to the semisolid state upon standing.

Related forms

thix′o•tropic (thĭk′sə-trŏpĭk) adj.
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