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proteus 1

Syllabification: pro·te·us
Pronunciation: /ˈprōdēəs/

noun

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

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There are 2 main definitions of proteus in English:

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Proteus 2 Syllabification: Pro·te·us
Pronunciation: /ˈprōtēəs/ /ˈprōˌt(y)o͞os/
1 Greek Mythology A minor sea god who had the power of prophecy but who would assume different shapes to avoid answering questions.
2 Astronomy 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).

Words that rhyme with Proteus

Grotius, Photius

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