Also called psyllium seed. the seeds of this plant, used as a laxative.

1595–1605; < Neo-Latin < Greek psýllion, psyllíon, derivative of psýlla flea Unabridged
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psyllium (ˈsɪlɪəm)
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]

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psyllium psyl·li·um (sĭl'ē-əm)

  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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Additionally, bulk laxatives such as psyllium may help add fluid and bulk to the stool.
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