thixotropy

noun
thix·​ot·​ro·​py | \ thik-ˈsä-trə-pē How to pronounce thixotropy (audio) \

Definition of thixotropy

: the property of various gels of becoming fluid when disturbed (as by shaking) … says that blood liquefaction can be explained in terms of a phenomenon called thixotropy. Certain substances, including some types of mayonnaise, are normally thick gels, but can be liquefied instantly by shaking or stirring.The New York Times

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thixotropic \ ˌthik-​sə-​ˈtrō-​pik How to pronounce thixotropic (audio) , -​ˈträ-​ How to pronounce thixotropic (audio) \ adjective
thixotropic clay A thixotropic gel is one capable of liquefying when agitated and of resolidifying when allowed to stand. — Joe Nickell

First Known Use of thixotropy

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thixotropy

borrowed from German Tixotropie, from Greek thíxis "act of touching" (from thig-, base of thingánein "to touch, handle" + -sis -sis) + German -o- -o- + -tropie -tropy — more at thigmotropism

Note: The term was introduced by the Hungarian biologist Tibor Péterfi (1883-1953) in Archiv für Entwicklungsmechanik der Organismen, No. 112 (1927), p. 689.

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Cite this Entry

“Thixotropy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thixotropy. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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thixotropy

noun
thix·​ot·​ro·​py | \ thik-ˈsä-trə-pē How to pronounce thixotropy (audio) \
plural thixotropies

Medical Definition of thixotropy

: the property of various gels of becoming fluid when disturbed (as by shaking)

Other Words from thixotropy

thixotropic \ ˌthik-​sə-​ˈtrō-​pik How to pronounce thixotropic (audio) , -​ˈträp-​ik How to pronounce thixotropic (audio) \ adjective

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