Main meanings of proteus in English

: proteus1Proteus2


Pronunciation /ˈprəʊtɪəs/


  • 1A bacterium found in the intestines of animals and in the soil.

    Genus Proteus; motile Gram-negative rods

    ‘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.’
  • 2

    another term for olm


Early 19th century from modern Latin Proteus, from Proteus.

Main meanings of Proteus in English

: proteus1Proteus2


Pronunciation /ˈprəʊtɪəs/

proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    A minor sea god who had the power of prophecy but would assume different shapes to avoid answering questions.

  • 2Astronomy
    A satellite of Neptune, the sixth closest to the planet, discovered by the Voyager 2 space probe in 1989 (diameter 400 km).