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pellicle (pel´i-kl)

1. Literally and nonspecifically, a thin skin. 2. A film or scum on the surface of a liquid. 3. Cell boundary of sporozoites and merozoites among members of the protozoan subphylum Apicomplexa (Sporozoa), consisting of an outer unit membrane and an inner layer of two unit membranes. [L. pellicula, dim of pellis, skin]
acquired p. a thin film (about 1 mum), derived mainly from salivary glycoproteins, which forms over the surface of a cleansed tooth crown when it is exposed to the saliva.acquired cuticle, acquired enamel cuticle, brown p., posteruption cuticle;
brown p. acquired p


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