The property of certain gels and emulsions of becoming fluid when agitated and then setting again when left at rest.
Webster's New World
Origin of Thixotropy
From Ancient Greek θίξις (thiksis, “touching") + τροπή (tropÄ“, “turning") (from Ancient Greek τρέπω (trepō, “turn, change")).
Greek thixis touch (from thinganein thig- to touch dheigh- in Indo-European roots) –tropy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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