MLA Citation: Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 126"
How Everything Works 19 Jan 2018. 19 Jan 2018 <http://howeverythingworks.org/print1.php?QNum=126>.
126. What is the difference between "thickness" and viscosity? Is viscosity just a fancy word for thickness?
Viscosity is a measurable quantity—a liquid has a specific viscosity as measured in units of poise or pascal-seconds. Thickness refers to the same characteristic as viscosity, but isn't a specific quantity. It's certainly correct to say that a thick liquid is a liquid with a large viscosity.

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