acquired cuticle


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ac·quired pel·li·cle

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.

acquired cuticle

A layer of salivary products, bacteria, and food debris on the surface of the teeth; not a true cuticle. Synonym: pellicle
See also: cuticle