One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bacterium found in the intestines of animals and in the soil.
Genus Proteus; motile Gram-negative rods
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century: from Proteus.
A minor sea god who had the power of prophecy but who would assume different shapes to avoid answering questions.
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).
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