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Related to thixotropic: thixotropic fluid
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]
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