- 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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- a grain, Plantago psafra, the husks of which are used medicinally as a laxative and to reduce blood cholesterol levels
C16: Latin, from Greek psulla flea, due to the resemblance of the seeds to fleas
- An annual Eurasian plant having opposite leaves and small flowers borne in dense spikes.
- The seeds of this plant, widely used as a mild bulk laxative and sometimes added to foods as a dietary source of soluble fiber.