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pons

[ponz] /pɒnz/
noun, plural pontes
[pon-teez] /ˈpɒn tiz/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy
1.
Also called pons Varolii. a band of nerve fibers in the brain connecting the lobes of the midbrain, medulla, and cerebrum.
2.
any tissue connecting two parts of a body organ or structure.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin pōns bridge (see punt1)

Pons

[ponz; French pawns] /pɒnz; French pɔ̃s/
noun
1.
Lily
[lil-ee;; French lee-lee] /ˈlɪl i;; French liˈli/ (Show IPA),
1904–76, U.S. operatic soprano, born in France.
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British Dictionary definitions for pons

pons

/pɒnz/
noun (pl) pontes (ˈpɒntiːz)
1.
a bridge of connecting tissue
2.
short for pons Varolii
Word Origin
Latin: bridge
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Word Origin and History for pons
n.

"bridge," in various Latin expressions, from Latin pons "bridge, connecting gallery, walkway," earlier probably "way, passage," from PIE *pent- "to go, tread" (see find (v.)). Especially pons asinorum "bridge of asses," nickname for the fifth proposition of the first book of Euclid, which beginners and slow wits find difficulty in "getting over": if two sides of a triangle are equal, the angles opposite these sides are also equal.

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pons in Medicine

pons (pŏnz)
n. pl. pon·tes (pŏn'tēz)

  1. 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.

  2. A bridgelike formation connecting two disjoined parts of a structure or organ.

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pons in Science
pons
  (pŏnz)   
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.
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Encyclopedia Article for pons

portion of the brain lying above the medulla oblongata and below the cerebellum and the cavity of the fourth ventricle. The pons is a broad, horseshoe-shaped mass of transverse nerve fibres that connect the medulla with the cerebellum. It is also the point of origin or termination for four of the cranial nerves that transfer sensory information and motor impulses to and from the facial region and the brain. The pons also serves as a pathway for nerve fibres connecting the cerebral cortex with the cerebellum.

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