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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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This certainly would be the case, were it not that the young fruit, encased in a soft green husk, with the incipient meat adhering in a jelly-like pellicle to its sides, and containing a bumper of the most delicious nectar, is what they chiefly prize.
We are acquainted with a mere pellicle of the globe on which we live.
This physician likewise abundantly establishes what he has advanced respecting the motion of the blood, from the existence of certain pellicles, so disposed in various places along the course of the veins, in the manner of small valves, as not to permit the blood to pass from the middle of the body towards the extremities, but only to return from the extremities to the heart; and farther, from experience which shows that all the blood which is in the body may flow out of it in a very short time through a single artery that has been cut, even although this had been closely tied in the immediate neighborhood of the heart and cut between the heart and the ligature, so as to prevent the supposition that the blood flowing out of it could come from any other quarter than the heart.
In the hypothesis that the frequency increases too much, it is likely that the pellicle effect to be that marked, that during the short time of applying the current, the temperature in certain areas of the part to increase very much, the average temperature remaining insufficiently high for analysing the cleating diameter.
Table 3 Principal Manufacturers of Semiconductor Materials Materials Manufacturers Polysilicon Hemlock (US), Tokuyama, Wacker (Germany), REC (Norway), Mitsubishi Materials Silicon wafer [Shin-Etsu], SUMCO, MEMC (US), Siltronic (Germany), Toshiba Ceramics Abradant Fujimi Reclaimed Mimasu Semiconductor Industry, polished wafer RASA Industries Photoresist [JSR], Tokyo Ohka, [Shin-Etsu], Sumitomo Chem., Rohm and Haas(US), AZ (Luxemburg) Lens for [Shin-Etsu] & Heraeus (Germany), photolithography Tosoh Mask substrate [Shin-Etsu], Tosoh, Toshiba Ceramics Pellicle Asahi Chem., Mitsui Chem., [Shin-Etsu] CMP slurry Cabot (US), Rohm and Haas, [JSR], Hitachi Chem., Fujimi CMP pad Rohm and Haas, [JSR] Low-k [JSR], Dow Chem.
At this stage the initial periostracum can be described as a thin dense layer or pellicle (Fig.
Tokyo, Nov 19, 2010 - (JCN) - Asahi Kasei E-materials has launched a new pellicle compatible with ArF exposure systems, and at the same time is doubling its production capacity for pellicles for semiconductor applications.
The surface layer is preserved by having a surface dissolution inhibitor such as diphosphonate (15) in the demineralizing solution or by the presence of salivary pellicle on the tooth surface (16).
Large-small, thick-thin, light reflecting, light absorbing 18, 2008, reveals two ghostly rectangular fields hovering above a thinner pellicle, itself striated by the wooden base into which it is settling; Large-small, thick-thin, light reflecting, light absorbing 16, 2007, exhibits shellac buffed to a mirrorlike polish that goes dark when confronted head-on; and Large-small, thick-thin, light reflecting, light absorbing 25, 2007, plays layers of B-I-N primer sealer and epoxy against one another, registering as relatively grayer and creamier, respectively.
A biofilm or pellicle is formed from saliva, and this acts as a protective layer for teeth (O'Reilly, 2003).
American chestnuts are small, have an easily removable pellicle (the thin brown skin around the nutmeat), and are the sweetest of the edible chestnuts.
NaturDent contains papain and bromelain with natural enzymes to break down the pellicle preventing plaque and stains; meswak extract, which fortifies gums and acts as a barrier against tooth decay; neem, which has been shown to significantly reduce the plaque and cleanse the mouth; and xylitol, which is proven to reduce the incidence of plaque buildup and keep teeth healthy.