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creaming

1. n. [Drilling Fluids]
The separation of phases of an emulsion with the lighter phase on top and denser phase on bottom. When oil muds are stagnant, the less dense oil phase rises and the denser aqueous phase settles. This behavior is not necessarily related to emulsion weakness, nor does it portend breaking, as does coalescence.