from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make fluid.
- transitive v. To pulverize (a solid) so finely that it takes on most of the properties of a fluid.
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- v. To give particles of solid the properties of a fluid, either by shaking or by injecting gas
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To render fluid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To convert into a fluid; fluidify.
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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.
 In response to stretch, therefore, the cell might either reinforce, a bracing-type of physiological response, or fluidize, a stress-relieving physiological response.