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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 for thixotropy
  • thixotropy is also a property of some fluids in plastic flow.
  • thixotropy may be exhibited by some, but not necessarily all, pre-bagged grouts.
thixotropy 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 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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