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quaternary amine

1. n. [Drilling Fluids]

A cationic amine salt in which the nitrogen atom has four groups bonded to it and carries a positive charge. Quaternary amines are used as oil-wetting agents, corrosion and shale inhibitors and bactericides.

See: aminesattapulgitecationclayfatty acidinhibitorligniteorganophilicorganophilic clayorganophilic lignitesurfactant

Diagram of quaternary amine
Diagram of quaternary amine.