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psyl·li·um

 (sĭl′ē-əm)
n.
1. Any of several annual Eurasian plants of the genus Plantago, especially P. ovata or P. afra, having opposite leaves and small flowers borne in dense spikes.
2. The seed husks of any of these plants, widely used as a mild bulk laxative and sometimes added to foods as a dietary source of soluble fiber.

[New Latin, from Greek psullion, from Greek psulla, flea (from the flealike appearance of the seeds ).]

psyllium

(ˈsɪlɪəm)
n
(Plants) 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]

psyl•li•um

(ˈsɪl i əm)

n.
2. the seeds of the fleawort, used as a mild laxative esp. in breakfast cereals.
[1595–1605; < New Latin < Greek psýllion, psyllíon, derivative of psýlla flea]
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Noun1.psyllium - plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxativepsyllium - plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxative
plantain - any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally
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psyllium

n psyllium
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Interestingly, the best source of insoluble fiber is a plant not used as food, but whose powdered seeds have long been used to promote regular bowel habits--the psyllium plant--used in such products as Metamucil and Serutan.
Oat bran, however, is low in soluble comparison with psyllium seed, an old-time remedy used to promote bowel regulari such products as Metamucil, Serutan, Fiberall and now also in two new breakfast "Heartwise" and General Mills' Benefit.
As a result of the merger of Kabi Pharmacia and Adria Laboratories, a conflict has arisen which prohibits Kabi from continuing as our partner in the direct detailing of Serutan to physicians.