psyl·​li·​um | \ ˈsi-lē-əm How to pronounce psyllium (audio) \

Definition of psyllium

: the seed of a fleawort (especially Plantago psyllium) that has the property of swelling and becoming gelatinous when moist and is used as a mild laxative

called also psyllium seed

Examples of psyllium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regenerating the Garden To treat the soil, Viola used organic compost and psyllium. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 16 Sep. 2022 This grain-, gluten-, dairy- and soy-free, healthy sourdough bread is made from a combination of eggs, cashew butter, probiotic-rich sauerkraut and a hearty mix of flax, psyllium husk and almond flour. Amy Fischer Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 25 July 2022 That said, psyllium does contain a little bit of insoluble fiber too. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 31 Mar. 2022 Karl Malone starts his day with a breakfast that includes ashwagandha root and psyllium husk powder. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 Much of the research on fiber and IBS specifically use psyllium, a type of supplemental soluble fiber found in products like Metamucil. Natalie Rizzo, SELF, 26 Nov. 2021 Taking a fiber supplement like methylcellulose (Citrucel) or psyllium (Metamucil) can also boost your dietary fiber intake, notes the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Karen Pallarito,, 3 Nov. 2021 These moist, soft buns swap your typical flour for flour made from almonds and coconuts, plus psyllium husk, for 20 grams of fiber per serving. Anna Haines, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Bulk-forming laxatives such as Metamucil are formulated with psyllium husk (natural fiber from the outside of Plantago Ovata plant seeds). Rachel Boller,, 18 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of psyllium

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psyllium

New Latin psyllium, from Greek psyllion fleawort, from psylla

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24 Sep 2022

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“Psyllium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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psyl·​li·​um | \ ˈsil-ē-əm How to pronounce psyllium (audio) \

Medical Definition of psyllium

1 : fleawort
2 : psyllium seed also : the husks of psyllium seed


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