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(prō′tē-ŭs )

[Gr. Proteus, a god who could change his form]
A genus of gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic, motile bacilli that inhabits the intestinal tract and causes protein decomposition; it is a cause of human infection, esp. of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.

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