Proteus: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (prō'tē-us, -tys), [key]
— n.
  1. a sea god, son of Oceanus and Tethys, noted for his ability to assume different forms and to prophesy.
  2. a person or thing that readily changes appearance, character, principles, etc.
  3. (l.c.)any of several rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Proteus, sometimes found as pathogens in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts of humans.
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