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coarse, largely indigestible material, such as bran, cereals, fruit, and vegetable fibers, that acts as an irritant to stimulate intestinal evacuation.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Anything in the diet (for example, bran) that may act as a bulk stimulant of intestinal peristalsis.
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The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
A general term for indigestible complex carbohydrates—bran and cellulose—of plant origin that form the bulk of the stool. Roughage absorbs water, is laxative, and binds bile acids and metabolites; increased dietary roughage is linked to a decreased incidence of diverticulosis and colorectal cancer, and reduced serum cholesterol.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
roughageNutrition Indigestible complex carbohydrates–eg, bran and cellulose of plant origin that form the bulk of stools; roughage absorbs water, acting as a laxative, sequesters bile acids and degradation products; ↑ dietary roughage is linked to ↓ risk of diverticulosis, colorectal CA, ↓ cholesterol. See Bran. Cf Slops.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Anything in the diet (e.g., bran) that may act as a bulk stimulant of intestinal peristalsis.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
roughageDietary fibre, consisting of polysaccharides such as celluloses, pectins and gums for which no digestive enzymes are present in the intestinal canal. Roughage is effective in treating CONSTIPATION, DIVERTICULITIS and the IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, and may reduce the probability of developing cancer of the colon.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
- the less-useful part or refuse of a crop.
- any indigestible material eaten in food to stimulate the actions of the intestines and prevent constipation.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
Anything in the diet that may stimulate intestinal peristalsis.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012