from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The property exhibited by certain gels of becoming fluid when stirred or shaken and returning to the semisolid state upon standing.

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  • n. The property of certain gels whereby they become fluids when agitated and return to being solid or semi-solid when allowed to stand.


Greek thixis, touch (from thinganein, thig-, to touch; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots) + -tropy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek θίξις (thixis, "touching") + τροπή (tropē, "turning") (from Ancient Greek τρέπω (trepō, "turn, change")). (Wiktionary)


  • However, too high thixotropy makes it difficult to empty the moulds.

    7. Slip casting

  • Water glass decreases thixotropy, whereas soda ash does not affect it.

    7. Slip casting

  • This repulsion makes the slip fluid with less water. thixotropy

    7. Slip casting

  • WACKER's pyrogenic silicas (HDK®) are ideal for imparting thixotropy, for reinforcing coating materials, printing inks, adhesives and sealants, for controlling powder flow and for many other applications.

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  • i love this: thixotropy the melting and melding and healing all the way to the ivory cusp of idealism that's like sex i guess that's when i truly realize that

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