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A contagious skin disease prevalent in tropical America, caused by a spirochete (Treponema carateum) and marked by extreme thickening and spotty discoloration of the skin.
[Spanish, painted mark, colored spot, from Vulgar Latin *pīncta; see pint.]
(Pathology) a tropical infectious skin disease caused by the bacterium Treponema carateum and characterized by the formation of papules and loss of pigmentation in circumscribed areas. Also called: mal de pinto
[C19: from American Spanish, from Spanish: spot, ultimately from Latin pictus painted, from pingere to paint]
informal a pint of milk
[C20: phonetic rendering of pint of]
(Historical Terms) the Pinta one of the three ships commanded by Columbus on his first voyage to America (1492)
pin•ta(ˈpɪn tə, -tɑ)
an infectious disease occurring chiefly in Central and South America, caused by Treponema carateum, characterized by spots of various colors on the skin.
[1815–25; < American Spanish; Sp pinta spot < Vulgar Latin *pincta, feminine of *pinctus, for Latin pictus, past participle of pingere to paint]