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Pronunciation: pel'i-kel


  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]

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