[mass noun] The property of becoming less viscous when subjected to an applied stress, shown for example by some gels which become temporarily fluid when shaken or stirred.
- ‘Another property of muscles that increases resistance is thixotropy.’
- ‘A professor of organic chemistry at the University of Pavia, and two colleagues from Milan offered thixotropy as an explanation.’
- ‘When cold it is difficult or impossible to ‘shake out’ the stiffening due to enhanced thixotropy.’
- ‘In these cases, then, thixotropy cannot be the explanation.’
- ‘A very desirable property in many applications is thixotropy, in which the material behaves as a gel or very viscous liquid at rest or subject to mild shear, but flows freely when subjected to a larger shear.’
1920s: from Greek thixis touching + tropē turning.