A plant with seeds that are used as a mild laxative. The outer layer of the seeds swells when wet. This increases the size of stool and helps it pass more easily through the intestines (lower part of the digestive tract). Psyllium is a type of bulk laxative.

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  • psyllium — [ psiljɔm ] n. m. • 1560; psilium 1256; lat. psillium, gr. psullion, proprt « herbe aux puces », de psulla « puce », à cause de l aspect des graines ♦ Pharm. Graines mucilagineuses de deux espèces de plantain du sud de l Europe et d Afrique du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Psyllĭum — Psyllĭum, Art u. Abtheilung der Pflanzengattung Plantago. Psyllii semen, Flöhsamen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • PSYLLIUM — urbs Bithyniae Ptol. vulgo Picello, in ora maris Euxini, inter Heracleam Ponti ad Occasum, et Tium ad Ortum 18. mill. pass. apud Psyllis fluvii a quo dicitur, ostia …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • psyllium — [sil′ē əm] n. the seed of various plantains, used in laxatives and to add fiber to some food products …   English World dictionary

  • Psyllium — Not to be confused with Cilium. For the mucilaginous health product, see Psyllium seed husks. Psyllium or Ispaghula is the common name used for several members of the plant genus Plantago whose seeds are used commercially for the production of… …   Wikipedia

  • Psyllium — Plantain des Indes Plantago …   Wikipédia en Français

  • psyllium — psyl·li·um sil ē əm n 1) FLEAWORT 2) PSYLLIUM SEED * * * psyl·li·um (silґe əm) 1. a plant of the genus Plantago. Blond p. is P. ovata and Spanish p. is P. psyllium. 2. the husk (psyllium husk) or seed (plantago or psyllium seed) of various… …   Medical dictionary

  • psyllium — noun Etymology: New Latin psyllium, from Greek psyllion fleawort, from psylla Date: 1598 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • psyllium — afrikinis gyslotis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gyslotinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Plantago afra), paplitęs pietų Europoje, šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Plantago afra angl. African plantain;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • psyllium — azijinis gyslotis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gyslotinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Plantago asiatica), paplitęs rytų ir pietryčių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Plantago asiatica angl. Asian plantain; Asian psyllium; psyllium šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • psyllium — balkšvasis gyslotis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gyslotinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Plantago ovata), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Plantago ovata angl. blond psyllium; blonde ispaghula; Indian plantago; …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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