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colloidal suspension

Illustration of the size of a colloid
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1. n. [Drilling Fluids]
A finely divided, solid material dispersed in a liquid medium. The solid particles scatter a light beam and do not settle by gravity; they are usually less than 2 microns in diameter. Some drilling fluid materials such as bentonite clay, starch particles and many polymers become colloidal when used in a mud. Oil muds contain colloidal emulsion droplets, organophilic clays and fatty-acid soap micelles.
See: colloid