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Thixotropy

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thixotropy

The property of certain gels of becoming less viscous when shaken or subjected to shearing forces and returning to the original viscosity upon standing (e.g., synovial fluid, ferrous hydroxide gel); a characteristic of a system exhibiting a decrease in viscosity with an increase in the rate of shear, usually a function of time.

Synonym: reclotting phenomenon.

Origin: G. Thixis, a touching, _ trope, turning