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Rheology is the study of the deformation and flow of matter. The term rheology was coined by Eugene Bingham, a professor at Lehigh University, in 1920, from a suggestion by Markus Reiner, inspired by the Heraclitus' famous expression "panta rhei": everything flows.

Basic rheological terms are:

Fluids can be categorized in

Rheological properties are determined by means of rheometry.