Definition of ispaghula in English:

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ispaghula

Pronunciation: /ˌɪspəˈɡuːlə/
(also ispaghul /ˈɪspəɡuːl/, isabgul /ˈɪsəbɡuːl/)

noun

[mass noun]
The dried seeds of a southern Asian plantain, chiefly used medicinally in the treatment of dysentery.
  • The plantain is Plantago ovata, family Plantaginaceae.
Example sentences
  • Your GP may suggest fibre supplements, such as ispaghula or bulk-forming agents, if your symptoms do not improve.
  • It may help to take a fibre supplement such as ispaghula husk or mild laxatives such as lactulose solution, which soften bowel motions.
  • For constipation, a bulk-forming laxative, such as bran or ispaghula husk (eg Fybogel), can be helpful if it is hard to get enough fibre.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Persian and Urdu ispaġol, from asp 'horse' + ġol 'ear' (because of the shape of the leaves).

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Line breaks: is¦pa|ghula

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