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.
early 19th century: from Proteus.