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psyllium

[sil-ee-uh m] /ˈsɪl i əm/
noun
1.
2.
Also called psyllium seed. the seeds of this plant, used as a laxative.
Origin of psyllium
1595-1605
1595-1605; < New Latin < Greek psýllion, psyllíon, derivative of psýlla flea
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British Dictionary definitions for psyllium

psyllium

/ˈsɪlɪəm/
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 psyl·li·um (sĭl'ē-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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