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psyllium seed

Pronunciation: sil'e-um sed

Definition: The cleaned, dried ripe seed of Plantago indica, P. isphagula, or of P. ovata. A mild cathartic that acts by absorbing water and providing indigestible mucilaginous bulk for the intestines. Must not be used in intestinal obstruction.

Synonym(s): isphagula, plantago seed, plantain seed

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