[ proh-tee-uh n, proh-tee- ]
/ ˈproʊ ti ən, proʊˈti- /
readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable.
changeable in shape or form, as an amoeba.
(of an actor or actress) versatile; able to play many kinds of roles.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or suggestive of Proteus.
Words nearby protean
OTHER WORDS FROM proteanpro·te·an·ism, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH proteanprotean protein
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British Dictionary definitions for proteanism
/ (prəʊˈtiːən, ˈprəʊtɪən) /
readily taking on various shapes or forms; variable
Word Origin for protean
C16: from Proteus
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Medical definitions for proteanism
[ prō′tē-ən, prō-tē′- ]
Readily taking on varied shapes, forms, or meanings.
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