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 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,, "Treasure hunts become weekly bargains at new liquidation store," 31 Oct. 2019 Gel-forming fibers like psyllium, for example, hold on to water. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Nearly all Americans fail to eat enough of this actual superfood," 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, "Why Is Added Fiber in Literally Everything?," 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, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 Insoluble fiber supplements, like Metamucil, psyllium husk or Unifiber, work best. Jill Provost, Woman's Day, "End Digestive Problems for Good," 21 May 2012 Look for fiber products such as psyllium seed in the grocery store., "A caregiver's guide to constipation," 24 Apr. 2018 Companies could use the fibers the FDA has already cleared, including psyllium husk and cellulose. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "Snacks with added fiber a part of Nutrition Facts delay," 15 June 2017 In large bowl, whisk together flours, arrowroot, psyllium husk and salt. Ann Maloney,, "Chickpea pizza with asparagus recipe: Meatless Monday," 12 June 2017

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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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The first known use of psyllium was in 1598

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“Psyllium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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

Medical Definition of psyllium

2 : psyllium seed also : the husks of psyllium seed

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