from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause (a solid) to behave like a fluid, as by pulverizing or by suspending pulverized particles in a moving gas.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To convert into a fluid; fluidify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To render fluid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To give particles of solid the properties of a fluid, either by shaking or by injecting gas


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  • As an acute response to such stretches the cytoskeleton can stiffen, increase traction forces and reinforce, as reported by some, or can soften and fluidize, as reported more recently by our laboratory, but in any given circumstance it remains unknown which response might prevail or why.

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  • [1] In response to stretch, therefore, the cell might either reinforce, a bracing-type of physiological response, or fluidize, a stress-relieving physiological response.

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