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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 ).]
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(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]
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(ˈsɪl i əm)

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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n psyllium
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She currently works for South Burlington Family Practice and as a perdiem LPN at a local nursing/rehabilitation facility.
Bulk-forming laxatives such as perdiem, psyllium, and guar gum have been implicated in the formation of the latter due to their ability to attract water molecules and stagnate in the lumen of GI tract [2].
PerDiemCo is a Texas Limited Liability Company located in Marshall, Texas that is a provider of geolocation technology and services including the Perdiem Location and Tracking (PLT) software.
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Under the partnership, Emerson Group will provide sales and marketing services beginning on January 1 for the following Novartis Consumer Health brands: Keri, Vagistat, NoDoz, Comtrex, Bufferin, Ascriptin, Desenex, Doan's, Mineral Ice, PerDiem, Myoflex, Nupercainal, Cruex, Tavist and Slow-FE.
Under the alliance Emerson Group will provide sales and marketing services starting January 1 for the following Novartis Consumer Health brands: Keri (skin lotion), Vagistat (vaginal antifungal ointment), NoDoz (caffeine alertness aid), Comtrex (cold/cough/flu caplets), Bufferin and Ascriptin (buffered aspirin), Desenex (athlete's foot topical antifungal), Doan's (back pain reliever), Mineral Ice (pain relief gel), PerDiem (laxative), Myoflex (arthritis/muscle pain relief cream), Nupercainal (hemorrhoidal analgesic ointment), Cruex (jock itch antifungal spray/powder), Tavist (allergy relief tablets) and Slow-FE (iron supplement).
The move will not affect the pediatric services currently being offered at the hospital, LRGH spokesperson Natalie Rudzinskyj told the Laconia Citizen, but 10 full-time-equivalent and seven perdiem positions will be eliminated.
The Actors' Equity minimum for per diem is $71 plus single occupancy housing, but star thesps are accustomed to more--with weekly perdiem costs sometimes adding up to $1,000 and monthly housing hitting $4,000 or $8,000 for prime Manhattan digs.
The United States is the world's largest importer of psyllium, with more than 60% going to pharmaceutical firms to make products like Fiberall, Metamucil, and Perdiem, which can be recommended to patients with suspected IBS.
FEMA now uses the perdiem rates published by the General Services Administration (GSA) as the cost of food and lodging.
(228) See, e.g., KRIVIS & LUCKS, supra note 7, at 143 (noting that top mediators, such as Robert Creo, know that their time is valuable and therefore they can bill in advance for perdiem fees and be strict about cancellation fees).
For such contracts, the Act, or more precisely, Section 7702B of the Internal Revenue Code, stipulates a perdiem rate, which changes annually with the rate of inflation.