Main definitions of proteus in English

: proteus1Proteus2

proteus1

noun

  • A bacterium found in the intestines of animals and in the soil.

    • ‘Luckily for us, although they have some fussy tastes, many of the bacteria they like to eat are major pathogens, so they eat proteus and proteus is a bacterium that causes a lot of urinary tract infections.’
    • ‘Other common organisms are proteus, klebbsiela, staphylococcus and enterococcus fecalis.’
    • ‘If a proteus or another organism that can split urea is isolated from the urine the chance of underlying stone disease is considerably higher.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Proteus.

Pronunciation

proteus

/ˈprōdēəs/

Main definitions of proteus in English

: proteus1Proteus2

Proteus2

proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    A minor sea god who had the power of prophecy but who would assume different shapes to avoid answering questions.

  • 2Astronomy
    A satellite of Neptune, the sixth closest to the planet, discovered by the Voyager 2 space probe in 1989, and having a diameter of 261 miles (420 km).

Pronunciation

Proteus

/ˈprōdēəs//ˈproʊdiəs/