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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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British Dictionary definitions for pelliculate

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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Word Origin and History for pelliculate

pellicle

n.

1540s, from Middle French pellicle (Modern French pellicule), from Latin pellicula "small or thin skin," diminutive of pellis "skin, leather, parchment, hide" (see film (n.)). Related: Pellicular.

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pelliculate 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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