Definition of ispaghula in English:


(also ispaghul, isabgul)


mass noun
  • The dried seeds of a southern Asian plantain, chiefly used medicinally in the treatment of dysentery.

    The plantain is Plantago ovata, family Plantaginaceae

    • ‘For constipation, a bulk-forming laxative, such as bran or ispaghula husk (eg Fybogel), can be helpful if it is hard to get enough fibre.’
    • ‘It may help to take a fibre supplement such as ispaghula husk or mild laxatives such as lactulose solution, which soften bowel motions.’
    • ‘Your GP may suggest fibre supplements, such as ispaghula or bulk-forming agents, if your symptoms do not improve.’
    • ‘This soluble fiber derived from ispaghula seeds is found not only in Metamucil but also in many other bulk-fiber products sold to control constipation.’
    • ‘Psyllium husk (referred to as ispaghula husk in the study) has the ability to absorb 40 times its own weight in moisture.’


Early 19th century: from Persian and Urdu ispaġol, from asp ‘horse’ + ġol ‘ear’ (because of the shape of the leaves).