Proteus [ proh-tee- uh s, -tyoos ] SHOW IPA / ˈproʊ ti əs, -tyus / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun . Classical Mythology a sea god, son of Oceanus and Tethys, noted for his ability to assume different forms and to prophesy. a person or thing that readily changes appearance, character, principles, etc. plural pro·te·i . [ proh-tee-ahy] /ˈproʊ tiˌaɪ/ ( lowercase) . Bacteriology any of several rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Proteus, sometimes found as pathogens in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts of humans. RELATED WORDS toad
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A solemn feast in honour of the event was held at the abode of
Proteus, and there Cymoent, with many others, was summoned.
But Browning became steadily more reluctant to admit that these fortunate moments ever occurred, that the
Proteus was ever caught. British Dictionary definitions for proteus noun Greek myth a prophetic sea god capable of changing his shape at will
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Word Origin and History for proteus
c.1400, from Greek
Proteus (see Protean).
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Medicine definitions for proteus n. A genus of gram-negative, rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae that includes certain species associated with human enteritis and urinary tract infections.
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Culture definitions for proteus Proteus [ ( proh-tee-uhs, proh-tyoohs) ] Note
Someone or something that easily takes on several different forms may be called “protean.”
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