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

1925–30; < Greek thíx(is) touch + -o- + -tropy

thixotropic [thik-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] , adjective Unabridged
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thixotropic (ˌθɪksəˈtrɒpɪk)
(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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thixotropy thix·ot·ro·py (thĭk-sŏt'rə-pē)
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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Example sentences
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.
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