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1. n. [Drilling Fluids]

A generic name for low molecular weight, water-soluble polymers and oligomers containing a large number of hydroxyl groups. Specific examples include glycols, polyglycols and polyglycerols. Polyols are used in water-base fluids as shale inhibitors and gas hydrate inhibitors.

See: gas hydrateglycololigomerpolyalkalene glycolpolyglycerolpolymer

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