Definition of ispaghula in English:


Line breaks: is¦pa|ghula
Pronunciation: /ˌɪspəˈguːlə
(also ispaghul /ˈɪspəguːl/, isabgul /ˈɪsəbguːl/)


[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
    More 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.


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

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