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[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
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[thik-suh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌθɪk səˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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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


(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

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)
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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