psyl·​li·​um | \ ˈsi-lē-əm \

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

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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 Take a fiber supplement with psyllium, the insoluble husks of fiber, to keep bowels moving. Kathryn W. Foster, miamiherald, "20-somethings have twice the risk of getting colon cancer," 27 May 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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psyl·​li·​um | \ ˈsil-ē-əm \

Medical Definition of psyllium

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

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