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pellicle

[pel-i-kuh l] /ˈpɛl ɪ kəl/
noun
1.
a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
2.
Photography. a thin, partially reflective coating, as on a beam splitter or pellicle mirror.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin pellicul(a), equivalent to pelli(s) skin + -cula -cle1
Related forms
pellicular
[puh-lik-yuh-ler] /pəˈlɪk yə lər/ (Show IPA),
pelliculate
[puh-lik-yuh-lit, -leyt] /pəˈlɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples for pellicle
  • When he damaged the semi-transparent pellicle mirror inside his camera with cleaning fluid, he went for broke.
British Dictionary definitions for pellicle

pellicle

/ˈpɛlɪkəl/
noun
1.
a thin skin or film
2.
the hard protective outer layer of certain protozoans, such as those of the genus Paramecium
3.
(botany)
  1. the thin outer layer of a mushroom cap
  2. a growth on the surface of a liquid culture
4.
(photog) the thin layer of emulsion covering a plate, film, or paper
Derived Forms
pellicular (pɛˈlɪkjʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin pellicula, from pellis skin
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pellicle in Medicine

pellicle pel·li·cle (pěl'ĭ-kəl)
n.
A thin skin or film on the surface of a liquid.


pel·lic'u·lar (pə-lĭk'yə-lər) adj.
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