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thixotropy

[thik-so-truh-pee] /θɪkˈsɒ trə pi/
noun, Chemistry
1.
the property exhibited by certain gels of becoming liquid when stirred or shaken.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Greek thíx(is) touch + -o- + -tropy
Related forms
thixotropic
[thik-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌθɪk səˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for thixotropic
  • Fumed silica is mainly used as a thixotropic additive to plastic resins and other liquids.
  • Crevices between jointed pieces shall be filled with resin or thixotropic resin paste, leaving a smooth inner surface.
  • Yield point, thixotropic loop size and shape, and creep and recovery data will be collected to develop an even coating layer.
  • thixotropic agents which will not interfere with visual inspection may be added for viscosity control.
  • Usually a thixotropic material unless stabilized with fly ash or other dry materials.
  • Inspection of tendons grouted with anti-bleed thixotropic grouts have disclosed only a limited number of small voids.
  • All of these dilutions exhibited thixotropic behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for thixotropic

thixotropic

/ˌθɪksəˈtrɒpɪk/
adjective
1.
(of fluids and gels) having a viscosity that decreases when a stress is applied, as when stirred: thixotropic paints
Derived Forms
thixotropy (θɪkˈsɒtrəpɪ) noun
thixotrope (ˈθɪksəˌtrəʊp) noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek thixis the act of touching + -tropic
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Word Origin and History for thixotropic
adj.

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

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thixotropic in Medicine

thixotropy thix·ot·ro·py (thĭk-sŏt'rə-pē)
n.
The property exhibited by certain gels of becoming fluid when stirred or shaken and returning to the semisolid state upon standing.


thix'o·trop'ic (thĭk'sə-trŏp'ĭk) adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for thixotropic

thixotropy

reversible behaviour of certain gels that liquefy when they are shaken, stirred, or otherwise disturbed and reset after being allowed to stand. Thixotropy occurs in paint, such as lithopone in oil, which flows freely when stirred and reverts to a gel-like state on standing. Quicksand, a mixture of sand and water, is rendered thixotropic by the presence of certain clays. Drilling mud, made thixotropic by the inclusion of bentonite, forms a cake on the wall of the drill hole to keep drilling fluid in the hole and to prevent outside water from entering.

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