|—n , pl pontes|
|1.||a bridge of connecting tissue|
|2.||short for pons Varolii|
n. pl. pon·tes (pŏn'tēz)
The part of the brainstem that is intermediate between the medulla oblongata and the mesencephalon and is composed of a ventral part and the tegmentum.
A bridgelike formation connecting two disjoined parts of a structure or organ.
|pons (pŏnz) Pronunciation Key
Plural pontes (pŏn'tēz)
A thick band of nerve fibers in the brainstem of humans and other mammals that links the brainstem to the cerebellum and upper portions of the brain. It is important in the reflex control of involuntary processes, including respiration and circulation. All neural information transmitted between the spinal cord and the brain passes through the pons.