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Dictionary Definition

pellicle n : thin protective membrane in some protozoa

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin pellicula from pellis "a skin"


  1. a thin skin or film
  2. cuticle, the hard protective outer layer of certain life forms
  3. the skin of a mushroom cap
  4. the growth on the surface of a liquid culture
  5. the photosensitive emulsion of photographic film
  6. a thin plastic membrane used as a beam splitter or protective cover
  7. In the context of "mycology": the outermost layer of a mushroom, often used only for a surface that is viscid and easily peels off

Extensive Definition

Pellicle may refer to:
  • Pellicle (mycology), the outermost layer of a mushroom; often used only for a surface that is viscid and easily peels.
  • Pellicle (biology), a thin layer supporting the cell membrane in various protozoa
  • Pellicle mirror, a thin plastic membrane which may be used as a beam splitter or protective cover in optical systems
  • Pellicle (dental), the thin layer of salivary glycoproteins deposited on the teeth of many species through normal biologic processes
  • Pellicle, the protective cover which can be applied to a photomask used in semiconductor device fabrication. The pellicle protects the photomask from damage and dirt.
  • Pellicle (material), a brand name for a very resistant synthetic material used for covering different surfaces, such as that of the Aeron chair
pellicle in German: Pellikel
pellicle in Japanese: ペリクル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

allantoic membrane, amnion, amniotic sac, arachnoid membrane, basement membrane, coat, coating, collop, conjuctiva, covering, cut, deal, disk, eardrum, enamel, facing, feuille, film, flap, foil, fold, fur, hymen, lacquer, lamella, lamina, laminated glass, laminated wood, lap, leaf, maidenhead, membrana serosa, membrana tympana, membrane, meninges, meninx, neurilemma, paint, pane, panel, patina, peel, pericardium, perineurium, plait, plank, plate, plating, pleura, ply, plywood, rasher, revetment, safety glass, scale, scum, serosa, sheet, skin, slab, slat, slice, table, tablet, tympanic membrane, tympanum, varnish, velum, veneer, wafer
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