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psyllium Syllabification: psyl·li·um
Pronunciation: /ˈsilēəm/

Definition of psyllium in English:


A leafy-stemmed Eurasian plantain, the seeds of which are used as a laxative and as a bulking agent in the treatment of obesity.
  • Plantago afra, family Plantaginaceae
Example sentences
  • The second type of laxative is a lubricating bulk laxative, including demulcent herbs such as psyllium and flax seed.
  • I also started taking 1,500 mg of the laxative herb psyllium.
  • Total fat intake was also significantly lower in g/d and as a percentage of energy on the day of the meal with the psyllium treatment compared to water.


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek psullion, from psulla 'flea' (because the seeds resemble fleas).

Words that rhyme with psyllium

beryllium, cilium, trillium
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