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 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 Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Christine Byrne,, 21 Sep. 2020 Word about the store spread during its first week on Facebook’s Margate Florida Residents page, where former City Commissioner Le Peerman boasted of finding a bargain on psyllium husk powder. Ron Hurtibise,, 31 Oct. 2019 Gel-forming fibers like psyllium, for example, hold on to water. Julia Belluz, Vox, 15 July 2019 Eight that made the cut: beta-glucan soluble fiber, psyllium husk (the stuff found in Metamucil), cellulose, guar gum, pectin, locust bean gum, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, and cross linked phosphorylated RS4. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 12 July 2019 Drink plenty of water (at least eight glasses per day), eat more fresh fruits and fiber-rich foods, or take a fiber supplement such as psyllium husk or Metamucil, Dr. Schnoll-Sussman says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 15 Feb. 2019 Insoluble fiber supplements, like Metamucil, psyllium husk or Unifiber, work best. Jill Provost, Woman's Day, 21 May 2012

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Psyllium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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