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The dried ripe seed of Linum usitatissimum (family Linaceae), flax, the fiber of which is used in the manufacture of linen; an infusion was formerly used as a demulcent in catarrhal affections of the respiratory and urogenital tracts, and the ground seeds are used in making poultices.
Synonym(s): flaxseed
[G. linon, flax]


/lin·seed/ (lin´sēd) flaxseed; the dried ripe seed of Linum usitatissimum, the common flax plant, used as a laxative and a topic demulcent and emollient, and a source of α.


The seed of flax, especially when used as the source of linseed oil; flaxseed.


Herbal medicine
An annual, the oil and seeds of which contain a cyanogenic glycoside, fixed oils (e.g., linoleic and linolenic acids), mucilage and protein; it has been used internally as a laxative and antitussive, and topically to treat burns.


n Latin name:
Linum usitatissimum; part used: seeds; uses: emollient, laxative, anticholesterolemic; topically used as an inflammatory; precautions: persons with bowel obstruction or dehydration. Overdose may cause weakness, seizures, paralysis, and death. Also called
flaxseed, linseed, lint bells, linen flax, and



linseed cake
the residue after the removal of the linseed oil by commercial processes. Contains cyanogenetic glycosides and may cause poisoning.
linseed meal
cake ground into meal.
linseed oil
used at one time as a lubricant laxative for horses in doses of 1 to 2 quarts as a drench. Has the unfortunate effect on unpredictable occasions of causing superpurgation and is generally supplanted by mineral oil.
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Conclusions: Linseed is a good source of dietary feed ingredient in feed of rabbits in order to enhance the quality of healthier meat production.
Effect of a linseed diet on lipogenesis, fatty acid composition and stearoyl-CoA-desaturase in rabbits.
Effects of dietary inclusion of dehydrated Lucerne and whole linseed on rabbit meat quality.
Fatty acid composition of rabbit meat when fed a linseed based diet during different periods after weaning.
Fatty acids of blood plasma in relation of the addition linseed and canola
Petit (2003), added grains of linseed or sunflower's seeds or only sunflower's seeds treated with formaldehyde in Holstein cows, observed that the concentrations of fatty acids were affected by the inclusion of seeds.
Fatty acids of follicular liquid in relation of the addition linseed and canola
In the follicular liquid of cows that received the diet containing grains of linseed, there was an increase in concentration of SFA and consequently, lower ratio between the PUFA and SFA.
According to this author, in the grains of linseed, the fat would be associated to a protein-fibrous matrix present in the grain.