Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Proteus, certain species of which are associated with human enteritis and urinary tract infections.

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  • noun Any of many gram-negative bacteria, of the genus Proteus, several of which are responsible for human infections.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Prōteus, genus name, from Latin, Proteus (the variability in the size of individual cells displayed by members of the genus being likened to the god's shape-shifting powers); see Proteus.]

Examples

  • And, then, there's the discussion of the Ohio "proteus," which appears to puzzle the editor, who doesn't seem aware that "proteus" was commonly used historically as a generic term for aquatic salamanders.

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  • Plaintiff contends she is a cyborg, and that she received most of the information which forms the basis for her complaint, through "proteus", which I read to be some silent, telepathic form of communication.

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  • Plaintiff contends she is a cyborg, and that she received most of the information which forms the basis for her complaint, through "proteus", which I read to be some silent, telepathic form of communication.

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  • Plaintiff contends she is a cyborg, and that she received most of the information which forms the basis for her complaint, through "proteus", which I read to be some silent, telepathic form of communication.

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  • To learn more about Proteus syndrome and Proteus-like syndrome, please visit www. proteus-syndrome.org.

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  • Proteus Syndrome Foundation www. proteus-syndrome.org

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  • On-screen, a black swarm was imploding an amoeba proteus.

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  • I would love to get the eva pod and proteus PLEASE, my address starridder@yahoo. co.uk thank you so much! william.

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  • You might also like to ask him how complex specified information is measured, what the units are, and if there is more in an Amoeba proteus,a human or a potted begonia.

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  • On-screen, a black swarm was imploding an amoeba proteus.

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