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acquired pellicle


Definition: a thin film (about 1 mcm), derived mainly from salivary glycoproteins, that forms over the surface of a cleansed tooth crown when it is exposed to the saliva.

Synonym(s): acquired cuticle, acquired enamel cuticle, brown pellicle, posteruption cuticle

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