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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.
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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
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(ˈpɛl ɪ kəl)

a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
[1535–45; < Latin pellicula=pelli(s) skin + -cula -cle1]
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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
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nFilm m; (Zool: = membrane) → Pellicula f
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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.
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.
The BC pellicles were produced by Acetobacter xylinum NUST4.2 as described elsewhere [14].
New mask inspection techniques using short-wavelength actinic light must come into broad use to allow the adoption of pellicles that protect EUV masks from particle contamination, Lee added.
Julie, "Characterisation of pellicles formed by acinetobacter baumannii at the air-liquid interface," PLoS ONE, vol.
Bacterial cellulose extraction and purification.--Bacterial cellulose was extracted from the nata de coco gel, which was rinsed with distilled water to remove excess sugar and blended in a laboratory blender to obtain nata de coco pellicles. The nata de coco pellicles were treated with 0.1 M NaOH at 80[degrees]C for 1 hour to remove any remaining microorganisms, medium components, and soluble polysaccharides.
Adsorption from black tea and red wine onto in vitro salivary pellicles studied by el-lipsometry.
Liu et al., "A clinical evaluation of amlexanox oral adhesive pellicles in the treatment of recurrent aphthous stomatitis and comparison with amlexanox oral tablets: a randomized, placebo controlled, blinded, multicenter clinical trial," Trials, vol.
Evidence has been accumulated that chlorhexidine (CHX) gluconate-containing oral rinses have antibacterial activity and reduce bacteria on buccal epithelia and pellicles [14].