Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: pin'ta, pen'ta


A disease caused by a spirochete, Treponema carateum, endemic in Mexico and Central America, and characterized by a small primary papule followed by an enlarging plaque and disseminated secondary macules of varying color called pintids that finally become white.

Synonym(s): azul, carate, mal del pinto

[Sp. painted]

See Also: nonvenereal syphilis

© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.