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A thin skin or film, such as an organic membrane or liquid film.

[French, from Latin pellicula, husk, diminutive of pellis, skin; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

pel·lic′u·lar (pə-lĭk′yə-lər) adj.


1. a thin skin or film
2. (Zoology) the hard protective outer layer of certain protozoans, such as those of the genus Paramecium
3. (Botany) botany
a. the thin outer layer of a mushroom cap
b. a growth on the surface of a liquid culture
4. (Photography) photog the thin layer of emulsion covering a plate, film, or paper
[C16: via French from Latin pellicula, from pellis skin]
pellicular adj


(ˈpɛl ɪ kəl)

a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
[1535–45; < Latin pellicula=pelli(s) skin + -cula -cle1]


The fine “skin” that forms when oil paint dries.
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Noun1.pellicle - thin protective membrane in some protozoa
investment - outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism


nFilm m; (Zool: = membrane) → Pellicula f
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Influence of soft drinks on the thickness and morphology of in situ acquired pellicle layer on enamel.
48) It is speculated that chitosan can build up a protective organic layer through interaction with enamel and proteins from the acquired pellicle.
The effective blocking of acidic groups of salivary glycoproteins will reduce their adsorption to hydroxyapatite and the formation of acquired pellicle.

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