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

    • ‘Your GP may suggest fibre supplements, such as ispaghula or bulk-forming agents, if your symptoms do not improve.’
    • ‘It may help to take a fibre supplement such as ispaghula husk or mild laxatives such as lactulose solution, which soften bowel motions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).