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1. the mature ovule of a flowering plant.
3. a small cylindrical shell of gold or other suitable material, used in application of radiation therapy.
4. to inoculate a culture medium with microorganisms.
plantago seed (plantain seed) (psyllium seed) cleaned, dried ripe seed of species of Plantago; used as a bulk-forming laxative.
radon seed a small sealed container for radon, for insertion into the tissues of the body in radiotherapy.
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psyl·li·um seed(sil'ē-ŭm sēd),
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.
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The cleaned, dried, ripe seed of Plantago psyllium or P. indica. It is used as a cathartic, but usually in a powdered form rather than in the form of whole seeds.
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