Definition of psyllium in English:


Line breaks: psyl|lium
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪlɪəm


  • 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 psafra, family Plantaginaceae
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    • 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).

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