psyl·​li·​um ˈsi-lē-əm How to pronounce psyllium (audio)
: 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 Research has shown that psyllium is beneficial for relieving constipation. Karen Pallarito, Health, 12 May 2024 To take this supplement, simply mix one teaspoon of powder into at least eight ounces of water, and then drink it immediately—psyllium husk thickens quickly in liquid. Erika Prouty, Verywell Health, 11 Apr. 2024 Seek out whole, unflavored psyllium husks (rather than psyllium powder). Shilpa Uskokovic, Bon Appétit, 15 Mar. 2024 If people want to turn to a fiber supplement in these cases, Yancy said supplements such as psyllium husk are fine, so long as people follow instructions on the label. Kristen Fischer, Health, 15 Mar. 2024 Sometimes eggs are great for binding (like flaxseed, psyllium husk or starches), whereas other times they’re needed to leaven the dough (like aquafaba or baking soda). Charlotte Druckman, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 There have been many studies on the safety of psyllium’s long-term use. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 27 July 2023 Soluble fiber is found in whole grains and is especially abundant in oats, barley, and psyllium—an isolated fiber made from the husks of the psyllium seed.7 Those with type 2 diabetes or who want to reduce risk. Willow Jarosh, Ms, Rd, Health, 29 Mar. 2023 These products are a combination of starches, a leavening agent, and psyllium husk fiber (a gluten-free plant fiber that aids in thickening). Alana Al-Hatlani, Southern Living, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History


New Latin psyllium, from Greek psyllion fleawort, from psylla

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psyllium was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Psyllium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


psyl·​li·​um ˈsil-ē-əm How to pronounce psyllium (audio)
: psyllium seed
also : the husks of psyllium seed
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