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

[Greek thixis, touch (from thinganein, thig-, to touch; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots) + -tropy.]

thix′o·trop′ic (thĭk′sə-trŏp′ĭk) adj.
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(Chemistry) (of fluids and gels) having a viscosity that decreases when a stress is applied, as when stirred: thixotropic paints.
[C20: from Greek thixis the act of touching + -tropic]
thixotropy n
thixotrope n
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