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psyllium

[sil-ee-uh m]
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noun
  1. fleawort.
  2. Also called psyllium seed. the seeds of this plant, used as a laxative.

Origin of psyllium

1595–1605; < New Latin < Greek psýllion, psyllíon, derivative of psýlla flea
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British Dictionary definitions for psyllium

psyllium

noun
  1. a grain, Plantago psafra, the husks of which are used medicinally as a laxative and to reduce blood cholesterol levels

Word Origin

C16: Latin, from Greek psulla flea, due to the resemblance of the seeds to fleas
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psyllium in Medicine

psyllium

(sĭlē-əm)
n.
  1. An annual Eurasian plant having opposite leaves and small flowers borne in dense spikes.
  2. The seeds of this plant, widely used as a mild bulk laxative and sometimes added to foods as a dietary source of soluble fiber.
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